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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ind. Courts - More on "Dorer attorneys want judge off criminal case"

Updating this ILB post from June 17th, Douglas Walker of the Muncie Star-Press reported at mid-day:

MUNCIE - Delaware Circuit Court 1 Judge Marianne Vorhees will not preside over a lawsuit aimed at removing County Treasurer John Dorer from office, or a related criminal case with the potential to send Dorer to prison.

Vorhees on Thursday formally disqualified herself from both cases. Her action came three days after Dorer's attorneys in the criminal case filed a motion asking the judge to recuse herself, suggesting she might be called as a defense witness when the county treasurer stands trial. * * *

In her Thursday order, Vorhees noted the Dorer defense team "presented documents to the court indicating that all five Circuit Court judges may be potential witnesses in this litigation."

Vorhees asked that the Indiana Supreme Court appoint a special judge, from another county, to preside over the Dorer criminal case.

She also disqualified herself from presiding over the lawsuit aimed at removing Dorer from office, filed by Delaware County Prosecutor Jeffrey Arnold on the same day his office filed the criminal charges.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 19, 2014 05:20 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts