Judge In Hastings Case Again Asked To Recuse

Sep 11, 2013

A lawyer for a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter is again asking the trial judge to step away from the case.

Attorney Bill James on Tuesday asked Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen to recuse from presiding at Josh Hastings' trial, which is set to begin Monday.

Griffen denied a previous request by James that he step aside, claiming there was no evidence he's biased.

James renewed the request on grounds that Griffen didn't copy him on a note in which the judge asked prosecutors whether James was on time in turning over information about an expert witness.

James' filing notes he sent a copy of the document to the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission.

Hastings is accused in the death of 15-year-old Bobby Moore III.