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George's attorney asks for recusal
Lawyer says Haddock, Glasscock serve together on corrections committee

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com 340-2437

Morgan County District 4 Commissioner Stacy George's attorney is asking Circuit Judge Steve Haddock to recuse himself from hearing the litigation involving George, his colleagues and a county employee.

George's attorney, Hubert Porter, filed a petition Wednesday asking Haddock to remove himself as the judge deciding the controversy.

George filed a lawsuit against Chairman John Glasscock, District 1 Commissioner Jeff Clark and David Hannah, the county's data processing manager.

George alleges that the three men prohibited him from viewing e-mails on the county's main server in December.

In response to George's petition, Haddock issued a temporary restraining order earlier this month to keep Glasscock, Clark and Hannah from destroying any of the public electronic records.

He did not rule to allow George access to view the e-mails. Instead the judge set a hearing for March 16. The recusal request does not address a case Sheriff Greg Bartlett has filed asking that the judge stop county commissioners from releasing his records.

In Porter's petition asking Haddock to recuse himself, he states that a law may have been broken in the failure to release the records.

Porter states in the petition that Haddock and Glasscock serve together on the county's Community Corrections Commission. He further states that relationship could cause a conflict of interest.

"Regardless of the outcome, the political implications are clear and actions taken in this matter could result in a potential conflict of interest," Porter wrote.

"In order to avoid such possible conflict of interest and to provide a course of action that is in the best interest of the county, the recusal by Judge Haddock would be in the best interest of all concerned."

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