Thursday, April 22, 2004

Albemarle judge declares conflict with prosecutors and Public Defender, takes himself of criminal cases

The Richmond paper reports here ("Judge cites conflict with lawyers," 4/22/04) that a Circuit Court judge in Albemarle County has declared that he is out of any more criminal cases because of his conflicts with the offices of the Commonwealth's Attorney and the Public Defender.

The article says that the judge has been on the bench for 18 years. I wonder whether this self-disqualification is the kind of issue that Republican legislators might latch onto if the judge ever seeks reappointment.

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