Flanagan Denies Motion for Recusal
Dane County Judge David Flanagan has denied a motion from Chuck Chvala's defense team that the judge recuse himself from the former Senate majority leader's case. Sentencing in the case is set for Thursday.
In a document filed Monday, Chvala Attorney James Olson claimed that a letter from Flanagan to Milwaukee Co. Assistant District Attorney Kurt Benkley about restitution showed the judge's bias against his client, and that Flanagan assumed a de facto prosecutorial role.
In his response today to the defense motion, Flanagan said "the court ... can state with confidence that it does not harbor any feeling of bias against the defendant." Flanagan said his Dec. 6 letter "does not demonstrate any degree of obective partiality and the defendant's motion is therefore denied."
Read Flanagan's full response