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John Burkoff on Motion to Recuse in Orie Case

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March 24, 2011

Professor John Burkoff commented on the defense motions in the ongoing case against State Sen. Jane Orie.  Earlier this month, the judge stopped jury deliberations and declared a mistrial because documents submitted to the court by the defense appeared to have been forged.  The defense has now asked that the judge recuse himself from the upcoming retrial of the case, and has also asked that the court bar any retrial on grounds of double jeopardy.  Professor Burkoff said that “this is more of the offensive tactic of trying to paint this as a political prosecution. It seems the odds on [the judge] ruling in their favor on this are slim to none.”

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