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Judge in death penalty case removed for threatening defense attorney

Ky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton

The Courier-Journal is reporting that

Senior Judge Martin McDonald has been removed from a death penalty case in which he threatened to strangle a lawyer who called his cellphone and referred to the lawyer’s case as “ridiculous,” “disgusting” and a “huge waste of time.”Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. disqualified McDonald in an order dated Oct. 24.

KCADP reported earlier about this judge’s egregious behavior in the courtroom: No one’s life should be in the hands of Louisville Judge Martin McDonald. This post includes a video of the proceedings in court that day.

An unofficial text of that proceeding is available here.

Photo: Courtesy University of Kentucky College of Law

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