Judge removed from criminal case at request of attorney

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.

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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