Judge, Prosecutor Recused from Former Sheriff’s Case

Criminal Court Judge Stacy Street has recused himself from hearing the case of former Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Ricky Butler, who is accused of making false reports and reckless driving. Street said that because of Butler’s prior work with the sheriff’s department and the fact that he himself has been called to testify in cases brought by Butler, he thought it best to step down. The 1st Judicial District Attorney General’s office previously recused itself from prosecuting the case. Sullivan County District Attorney General Barry Staubus has been appointed prosecutor. Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood will preside over the case. Butler will appear before Blackwood on July 10 to set a date for a full hearing, the Johnson City Press reports.