Thursday, August 31, 2006
St. Clair County judge to hear Surface case
St. Clair County Circuit Court Judge Michael Dawson will hear the drunk driving case against Jasper County Presiding Commissioner Chuck Surface, according to circuit court records.
Dawson was appointed after Judge Stephen Carlton disqualified himself Monday one day before Surface was scheduled to be arraigned. Carlton had been appointed after Surface asked for a change of judge after Judge Joseph Schoeberl was initially assigned to the case.
Robert George of Lawrence County is serving as the prosecuting attorney after Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney Dean Dankelson disqualified himself.