OC Judge Puts Off Decisions on Recusals of Judge and DA in Sex Case

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OC Judge Puts Off Decisions on Recusals of Judge and DA in Sex Case

by Contributing Editor

The supervising judge for the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach Friday put off until August any rulings on motions to recuse another judge and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office from the case against a Newport Beach physician and his girlfriend, who are charged with raping and drugging several women.

Judge Matthew Anderson told the attorneys that Judge Gregory Jones, who had been overseeing the case against Dr. Grant Robicheaux, 39, and Cerissa Riley, 32, needed more time to file court papers defending himself against allegations that he had an improper meeting with an attorney representing alleged victims in the case.

Defense attorney Philip Cohen, whose legal team filed a 90-page brief at the end of the business day on Thursday, demanded an “expeditious” hearing on the motions, prompting Anderson to remind Cohen that a response to his team’s allegations “require additional time.”

When Anderson suggested July 31 or Aug. 7, Cohen requested an earlier date. He also said the defendants “continue to assert their rights to a speedy preliminary hearing.”

“I appreciate your request,” said Anderson, who set Aug. 7 as the next date.

It is not clear what the next steps will be. Jones will file an affidavit and his attorney will filed a brief responding to the allegations of an improper meeting with attorney Matthew Murphy, who represents four alleged victims.

Jones could keep the case or ask for it to be assigned to another judge.

Jones was about to rule on a motion from Murphy and attorney Michael Fell, who represents another alleged victim, to have the District Attorney’s Office recused from the case when Cohen and his team moved to recuse Jones.

Jones earlier denied a request from Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer’s Office to dismiss charges against the defendants. Spitzer’s prosecutors do not oppose a referral of the case to the state Attorney General’s Office.

Murphy has alleged a conspiracy between Spitzer and the defense team to flush the case.

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