Judge Removes Self From Herb Wesson’s City Council Replacement Case

LOS ANGELES—A judge who recently again blocked Herb Wesson from acting as a temporary replacement for suspended Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas has removed herself from further proceedings in the case.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary H. Strobel had issued a temporary restraining order on July 19 preventing Wesson from performing any council functions. The decision effectively blocks him from representing the district, although it did not formally remove him from his temporary appointment.
The case was reassigned to Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff, who will hear the organization’s request for a preliminary injunction on Aug. 17.
Strobel’s clerk issued a minute order Aug. 3 in which the judge explained her decision to remove herself from the case brought by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California:…

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