The letter was sent to Attorneys Chevene King, Benjamin Crump for the family, Eric Shroeder, L. Warren Turner, Jr. who represents the school system, and Jim Elliott.
The other judges in the circuit have likewise agreed that they should and will recuse.
Given the fact that officials with whom the judges in the circuit deal with everyday are involved, it is not fair to the parties for any judge in this circuit to rule on contested matters of importance to the parties and the community. While I had hoped that at least the preliminary matters would be dealt with through our informal mediation, I do not see that happening.
I want to commend and thank each of you for your help in working with me in attempting to amicably resolve the presently existing issues. I look forward to working with each of you on other matters in the future.
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