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Detention Officer Flap Causes Judge to Recuse Herself From Case; Sheriff's Office Not Taking Inm

• Phoenix New Times
A judge has recused herself from the case that sparked a contempt-of-court order for a detention officer who removed papers from a defense attorney's file.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Lisa Flores filed a minute entry this morning saying the court can't rely on the Sheriff's Office to get the man to court in time for his December 14 sentencing hearing.
The man, Antonio Solis Lozano, had been awaiting sentencing for his role in a 2008 jail fight when detention officer Adam Stoddard took the papers from his attorney's file. (The video of Stoddard taking the papers has drawn more than 112,000 views on YouTube). After Lozano's public defender, Joanna Cuccia, raised a fuss, the court's criminal presiding judge, Gary Donahoe, ordered Stoddard to either apologize or report to jail. Stoddard has been in jail for a week now, though authorities admit he's getting special treatment.

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