Judge removed from criminal case at request of attorney

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s chief justice has disqualified a judge from a criminal trial at the request of Jefferson Commonwealth’s attorney.

The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/1ON8XqP ) reports Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. disqualified Circuit Judge Olu Stevens from the case, which was set for trial Tuesday.

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Jefferson Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine requested the disqualification. Wine argued Stevens has an “extreme distaste” for Wine’s office and could not fairly proceed over the case. Wine specifically mentioned a November 2015 presentation Stevens gave at the Louisville Bar Association. Wine says Stevens compared Wine to those who prevented desegregation.

In his two-page order, Chief Justice Minton found that Wine showed “disqualifying circumstances” in his motion.

Stevens did not immediately respond to an email request by the newspaper for comment.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

 

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