A Virginia Public Defender has filed a recusal motion against JUDGE PAUL 'MAC' PEATROSS seeking to bar him from hearing any cases in which the defendant is represented by the public defender office--quite a gutsy move.
The controversy arose about a year ago when The PD--Jim Hingeley and Albemarle Commonwealth's Attorney James Camblos charged that Peatross, an Albemarle County Circuit Court judge, had engaged in improper conduct, including getting so angry with an attorney that he retaliated against a defendant with a harsher-than-expected sentence. (imagine that! Even the DA admitted it)
In September, the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission, a seven-member state board, unanimously agreed 'by clear and convincing evidence' that Peatross should be censured or removed from the bench.
Of course the Supreme Court didn't agree. On April 22, it dismissed any notion of censure, and Peatross-- who had recused himself during the investigation-- resumed hearing Circuit Court cases full time.