AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Another judge has recused themselves from the case to split Columbia County from the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

On June 15, Burke County filed a motion to have Judge Tusan recuse herself because of a conflict of interest involving the state Attorney General's Office. After reviewing all the facts of the case, Judge James Blanchard determined that the case could not be overseen by any judge in the Tenth District and referred the case to the Eighth District.

When it comes to splitting the judicial circuit, Augusta-Richmond County commissioner Dennis Williams says it remains to be seen if this will be beneficial to citizens. “It’s like anything. It could be made to be beneficial or it can be made to be a negative,” he said. 

The case will now be referred to the desk of Judge Sarah Wall of the Eighth Judicial Administrative District. She will appoint the next judge to preside over the case.

FOX54 reached out to her office, and they said they had no comment on the ruling.

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