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Georgia prosecutor wants judge removed from 2 cases

March 8, 2019

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Prosecutors in Georgia are asking that a judge be removed from two cases because he appears to be biased against prosecutors.

The Savannah Morning News reported Chatham County District Attorney Meg Heap and Assistant District Attorney Christy Barker say Superior Court Judge John E. Morse Jr. should not preside in the trials from 2015 deaths during armed robberies.

The prosecutors say Morse’s impartiality “might reasonably be questioned” against the case of Timone Maurice Hooper. Prosecutors charged Hooper with murder and threatening to kill a police detective.

Judges are barred from commenting on pending cases. Morse said in an order Wednesday that another judge will have to be appointed to hold a hearing on the prosecutors’ requests.

Prosecutors also want Morse removed from the murder trial of 19-year-old Qwaizon Omari Lee.

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Information from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com

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