Judge allows Swaim to keep attorney after reviewing recusal

Judge allows Swaim to keep attorney after reviewing recusal motion


EL CENTRO, Calif. - The former California Highway Patrol lieutenant accused of sexual misconduct was in court today for a hearing in El Centro.

The Imperial County District Attorney's Office had previously filed a motion to have Swaim's attorney, Bob Espinoza, recused from the case.

They argued it was a conflict of interest due to family ties.

Today an Imperial County Court Judge ruled that Espinoza can stay on the case, at least through preliminary hearings.

Judge William Lehman gave Swaim the option of having Espinoza as his attorney or as a witness.

He issued a waiver stating that Espinoza cannot be a witness through out all trial proceedings if he is Swaim's defender.

The former CHP officer is due back in court early next month.

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