Defense Attorneys Look for Compromise in Logjam

Chattanooga defense attorneys were granted several days to work out a compromise in the conflict that has caused a logjam in Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman's courtroom. Public Defender Ardena Garth has sought to have Judge Steelman recuse himself from 150 cases of indigent defendants, saying he has been "venomous" toward her office and is biased against her and her staff. Members of the local chapter of the Tennessee Criminal Defense Attorneys Association offered to look for middle ground in the conflict and hope to have a proposal in the next couple of days, the Chattanoogan.com website reports.