Wow. Judge John Hatcher just realized that he has a connection to Grant Gardner, the Nettleton basketball coach, and the defense wants Hatcher to recuse himself from the case. As a lawyer, Hatcher represented both of Gardner’s parents in the past; but he did not realize until moments ago that Gardner was involved in this case, though plaintiff attorney Jim Waide said Gardner is not on his witness list, and that the connection should not be a factor.
The judge, who feels he can still be fair and impartial, has called a recess to consider the defense’s request. Good gosh. More in a few minutes.