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Doggone case
Judge removes himself
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Despite a direct court order demanding animal rights activists to surrender Brutus, there was no dog produced at Wednesday’s hearing. There was also no contempt charge taken despite the fact the judge believes the defendants are in contempt. And now, there’s no judge to hear the case or lawyer for the plaintiff as they have both withdrawn from the case leaving the lawsuit of Joe D. Curtis versus Clay and Tammy Lerch back at the starting gate more than four months after it began.“I’m never going to see my dog again,” Curtis said soberly after General Sessions Judge Bill Locke disqualified himself from the civil case in which Curtis is suing the Lerchs for return of his 10-year-old Boxer named Brutus.