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DA accuses Pa. judge of keeping list of "disfavored" LEOs

The Associated Press

COUDERSPORT, Pa.- A district attorney is accusing a judge of keeping a list of disfavored law enforcement officers, and he wants her removed from all criminal cases that involve them, according to court records.

District Attorney Jeff Leber argued in a motion filed Nov. 16 that Judge Annette Easton's statements and conduct show bias and prejudice. He alleges that three state troopers and two Coudersport police officers were named on her list, though it was unknown why.

Easton on Friday night referred all questions to her attorney, Samuel Stretton, who accused Leber of "harassing" Easton and other district judges.

"We do not agree with all the allegations here," Stretton said. He declining to discuss specifics.

Leber, who said he was referred to as "The Evil One" on the alleged list, has battled before with Easton and her former sister-in-law, Barbara Easton, a Potter County judge. In 2003, he alleged that the two judges were dismissing too many cases, forcing his office to refile charges.

A hearing on the matter has been set for Dec. 8 before Judge John Leete.

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