Ex-officer convicted for 1994 hit wants federal judge back
NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans police officer who's fighting a capital conviction wants a judge who has stepped aside back on his case.
Len Davis says it would take too long for another judge to wade through more than 10,000 pages of records and become familiar with complex legal issues.
Davis was sentenced to death for arranging the 1994 murder of a woman who'd filed a brutality complaint against him.
He filed a request Monday to reinstate Judge Helen Berrigan. She removed herself from the case Dec. 14, citing a law requiring judges to step aside if their impartiality "might reasonably be questioned."
Davis says he did not ask for Berrigan's removal and an appeals court rejected a prosecutor's arguments for taking her off the case.