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Karnes County court will resume
by Christina Rowland
Oct 25, 2012 | 1862 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KARNES CITY – The latest chapter in the ongoing controversy between County Judge Barbara Shaw and County Attorney Robert Busselman and his assistant attorney Betty Yarter has come to an end for now.

Yarter pleaded her case for recusal of Shaw in front of Visiting District Judge David Peeples who acted as an administrative law judge in a Karnes County courtroom Friday morning.

Yarter asked that Shaw be removed from an upcoming case and any other cases that Shaw is set to hear because Yarter and Busselman feel they would not be given a fair trial.

After a slew of witnesses took that stand including Busselman, his wife, Joe Baker, Kevin Matula, Mark Witte, Pete Jauer and Judge Shaw herself, Peeples announced his decision.

“I hold that the grounds have not been proven to recuse Judge Shaw from this particular lawsuit, and therefore the motion to recuse in this case is denied,” he said.

Prior to stating his decision to the courtroom he also made a couple of points.

“In between four year election cycles there are procedures by which public officials can be removed from office for official misconduct, it can happen,” Peeples said.

“This is not that kind of lawsuit, what I have today is not a suit to remove from one from office.”

When Shaw herself took the stand she told Peeples, “We are not here for anything but political hoopla.”

On Monday Shaw said in a phone call that it is “business as usual” and she will start hearing cases again.

There are three more sessions of county court scheduled for this year.

In an email Monday night, Yarter said, "I had no problem working with her (Judge Shaw) before. I am a professional and always try to conduct myself in a professional manner. Opposing counsel could be my co-counsel next week so you need to take that into consideration before you start labeling people."
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