Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Out-of-county judge to hear Surface case
Though no one has explained why the decision had to wait until just a day before the arraignment, the first phase of Jasper County Presiding Commissioner Chuck Surface's drunk driving case has been delayed by Judge Stephen Carlton's decision to remove himself from the case, citing a conflict of interest.
That decision, first revealed in the Aug. 28 Turner Report, postponed Surface's initial arraignment. An out-of-county judge will be chosen to hear the case.