Wednesday, July 23, 2008

"Newberry's judge" has to go

The plaintiffs in the Lexington illegal welfare benefits case will ask that Judge Jennifer Coffman recuse herself from the case because of her close ties to Mayor Jim Newberry. From Dr. David Duncan's filing:
"She represented the interests Lexington Fayette Urban County Government while
in private practice prior to her appointment as a Federal judge;"

"2. She swore in the present Mayor James Newberry at his request and he is the Chief Executive Officer of one of the Respondents;"

"3. Petitioner does not believe Judge Coffman cannot be unbiased in this case."

"4. A ruling in this case by this judge would give the appearance of corruption given this judge’s connection with the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government."

Meanwhile, Mayor Newberry seems to be playing "hide the politician" by ducking multiple attempts to serve papers on him from the lawsuit.