TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Aug 23, 2012

The Hamilton County Public Defender’s Office is laying groundwork for possible appeals to a higher court if a local judge refuses to recuse himself from their cases. In court documents filed this week, Public Defender Ardena Garth and Assistant Public Defender Mary Ann Green maintain that Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman “has created an environment in this Court of hostility and disrespect” toward their office. The public defenders claim the judge is biased against them based on a heated Aug. 14 hearing and a previously written opinion. The Times Free Press looks at the issue.