There goes the judge, again

December 31, 1992|By William Thompson | William Thompson,Staff Writer

EASTON -- When you're as well known as Levin F. "Buddy" Harrison in these parts of the Eastern Shore, getting a fair court trial isn't your problem. It's getting a trial.

For the second time in less than a month, a District Court judge has recused himself from hearing charges against the popular 58-year-old fishing guide and seafood entrepreneur.

Arrested in November, Mr. Harrison was scheduled to be tried here yesterday on charges that he illegally possessed seven rockfish caught out of season.

Mr. Harrison showed up in Talbot County District Court with his lawyer, Willard C. Parker II, but Judge L. Edgar Brown announced that he would not try the case. When asked afterward why he recused himself, the visiting judge from Caroline County declined to comment.

Mr. Harrison, who is friends with Gov. William Donald Schaefer and many other public figures, was originally scheduled to be tried Dec. 18 before Talbot County District Judge William H. Adkins III. But Judge Adkins recused himself.

A court official said both judges know Mr. Harrison personally and decided not to sit at his trial. A third trial date is to be set before another visiting judge.

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