A judge has removed himself from a city lawsuit case after Miami’s police union complained he had an aide snap a photo of Mayor Tomás Regalado testifying in his court.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Spencer Eig agreed to recuse himself in a lawsuit filed by the Fraternal Order of Police against Miami. The union alleges the city violated the state’s Sunshine Law by allowing “unauthorized individuals” to attend a close-door meeting two years ago.
Last month, Regalado was testifying in Eig’s courtroom when a courtroom employee used a camera phone to snap a photo of the mayor, on the witness stand, testifying next to Eig.
An FOP lawyer then asked that Eig remove himself from the case, citing a fear that the photo op meant the judge might harbor “bias and favoritism toward the city.”
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Late last month, Eig agreed, saying he was stepping down “in order to assure the judicial appearance of total impartiality,” according to his order.