Court mulls fired lawyer's suit against Ohio judge

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CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court is considering whether an Ohio judge should be immune from a lawsuit filed by an attorney who was fired after the judge kicked him off all the cases in his courtroom.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati recently heard arguments involving Gallia County Judge David Dean Evans.

Gallia County is near the West Virginia line in southeastern Ohio's Appalachian country.

Attorney Robert Bright filed a civil rights lawsuit against Evans, the county, its board of commissioners and its public defender's office in 2012.

Evans' attorney says he should be immune from the lawsuit because he was acting in his official capacity. Evans says he removed Bright from the cases because of "the conflict he created with the court."

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