The Orange County Bar Association has blasted the district attorney's office for repeatedly seeking to disqualify from cases a judge who oversaw a hearing on the county's use of jailhouse informants.
The Los Angeles Times reports Tuesday the 9,300-member association passed a resolution supporting judicial independence and condemning the "excessive use" of a rule that lets prosecutors ask to have a judge disqualified from cases.
The newspaper reports that since February 2014 prosecutors have asked to disqualify Judge Thomas M. Goethals from 57 cases, versus five such requests in the three years prior.
Goethals this month recused county prosecutors from the case of mass killer Scott Dekraai over evidence problems.
The district attorney's office says there has been no effort to encourage lawyers to disqualify any particular judge.