Alleged Cop-Killer Seeks To Remove Yolo Judges

WOODLAND, Calif. (AP) - The defense attorney for an alleged cop-killer says no Yolo County judge can fairly hear his client's case.

Public defender Dean Johansson says the judges colluded with sheriff's deputies to improperly bar the public from the June 18
arraignment of 35-year-old Marco Antonio Topete of Arbuckle.

Deputies closed the courtroom to everyone except law enforcement
and relatives of slain Deputy Jose Diaz. The 37-year-old former courthouse deputy was shot during a June 15 traffic stop.

Johansson says judges shut down the Woodland courthouse for half
an hour so bailiffs and deputies could attend the hearing in a separate annex.

Judge David Rosenberg said Friday he will rule next week on Johansson's motion to remove all Yolo judges from the case.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-06-28-08 1545EDT


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