Judge asks Prosecution and Swaim's attorney for additional information on recusal motion
An Imperial County Judge wants more briefing from John Swaim's attorney and the prosecution in connection to a motion filed by the Imperial County District Attorney's office to have Bob Espinosa recused from the case.
The California Highway Patrol Lieutenant is accused of sexual misconduct with minors almost a decade ago.
In November Heather Trapnell, an Imperial County Deputy District Attorney, filed a motion to recuse Espinosa due to conflict of interest.
Espinosa, Swaim's attorney, filed his opposition to her motion under seal. Previously, Espinosa wanted all documents in this case to be sealed but the judge ruled against his request.
Espinosa's opposition and Trapnell's reply to his opposition have now been filed publicly.
In response to their filings, the judge had additional questions and wanted more briefing on the issues. They're answers have been ordered by the judge to be filed on January 20th. They're back in court on January 24th.
Swaim, the highest commander of the CHP Winterhaven office, was placed on administrative leave shortly after the allegations were publicized in October 2011.
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