Judge Darnell recusal hearing rescheduled, again - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/16/09

Judge Darnell recusal hearing rescheduled, again

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Allegations of bias made by a Lubbock defense attorney against Judge Jim Bob Darnell are put on hold, once again.

A hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday, December 16th. "We are to submit our arguments in writing by January 5, 2010," says Lubbock County's civil attorney John Grace. "The judge will review our positions and make his ruling." The hearing had been delayed from November until December. Now a December hearing is replaced by written arguments in January.

Attorney Rod Hobson filed a motion to have Darnell removed from all cases involving the office of Lubbock Criminal District Attorney. Darnell's son had faced DWI charges after a 2008 vehicle crash on Loop 289.

Jared Darnell was offered a form of probation called pre-trial diversion. Hobson claims in his motion that Darnell's son was given preferential treatment and therefore the judge owes prosecutors a favor.

Although Darnell has not commented, District Attorney Matt Powell told NewsChannel 11 back in mid-November that Hobson's allegations are not true and Darnell's son was not given preference.

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