A.G. Claims Judge's Relationship With Watson, Downs Shouldn't Matter
Posted by: Staff
Date: Sep 19 2012 9:38 PM
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange contends there is no need for a Houston County judge to remove himself from presiding over a case involving Center Stage Alabama. Attorneys for the Houston Economic Development Authority have asked, for a second time, that Circuit Judge Mike Conaway recuse himself. Conaway refused the first request but has not ruled on the second.
Attorneys for HEDA claim Conaway has business and political relationships with two influential Dothan businessmen, John Watson and John Downs. Among things alleged by HEDA are joint business ventures and a shared disdain for gambling. However, the AG's office said, even if that is true, there is no legal basis for Conaway to recuse.