Congressman Tom DeLay is hoping to take a step today toward regaining his powerful position as House majority leader.
He's appearing in court before a judge who will decide whether the criminal case against him should continue to trial.
His lawyers hope the judge will dismiss the conspiracy and money laundering charges. That would clear the way for DeLay to regain the powerful House position.
DeLay had to relinquish his leadership post in Congress after he was indicted in September.
If there is a trial, DeLay's attorneys are pushing for it to start next month. If he's cleared he could regain his title before Congress returns to session in January. Otherwise, lawmakers could elect a new majority leader.
DeLay's attorney has filed multiple legal briefs detailing why he believes the charges should be dismissed.