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Judge recuses himself from case of St. Louis police officer who killed colleague


A St. Louis judge has recused himself from the case against a police officer accused of killing a colleague last month.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the lawyer for Officer Nathaniel Hendren made the request last week, saying the statements of Associate Circuit Judge David Roither showed “explicit bias against the defendant, that he is biased and prejudiced against the defendant’s potential defenses, and has already predetermined the outcome of this case.”

Roither said at a January 31 bond hearing that unholstering a gun, unloading it, reloading it and pointing it at someone else were all intentional acts. He also said, “you don’t point a muzzle at anything you don’t intend to shoot.”

The motion filed by attorney Talmage Newton IV said that “it is a rare case indeed that a judge has so explicitly and publicly made his personal thoughts known regarding a set of allegations [with no evidence or witnesses being presented] at this early stage of the proceedings.”

Roither recused himself on Friday and, on Monday, Associate Circuit Judge Thomas McCarthy was assigned to handle the case.

 

 

 

 


Juez se retira de caso de oficial de policía de St. Louis que mató a colega

 

Un juez de San Luis se ha retirado del caso contra un oficial de policía acusado de matar a un colega el mes pasado.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch informa que el abogado del oficial Nathaniel Hendren hizo la solicitud la semana pasada, diciendo que las declaraciones del juez de circuito asociado David Roither mostraron “sesgo explícito contra el acusado, que está predispuesto y tiene prejuicios contra las defensas potenciales del acusado, y ya ha predeterminado el resultado de este caso “.

Roither dijo en una audiencia de fianza del 31 de enero que desentrañar un arma, descargarla, recargarla y señalarla a otra persona eran actos intencionales. También dijo: “usted no apunta un bozal a nada de lo que no tiene intención de disparar”.

La moción presentada por el abogado Talmage Newton IV dijo que “es un caso raro, en efecto, que un juez haya dado a conocer de manera tan explícita y pública sus pensamientos personales con respecto a un conjunto de alegatos [sin que se presenten pruebas o testigos] en esta etapa temprana de la actas.”

Roither se recusó el viernes y, el lunes, el Juez de Circuito Asociado Thomas McCarthy fue asignado para manejar el caso.

 

 

 

 


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