Legal aid case judge accused of bias steps aside
A MAN wanted in the North in connection with a murder has been granted his request for a different High Court judge to hear his legal aid application.
Francis Lanigan last week accused Mr Justice John Edwards of being biased against him, after the judge turned down his legal aid application to fight his extradition to the North.
Mr Lanigan (47), of Pinebrook, Mulhuddart, Co Dublin, was arrested in January in connection with the murder of John Knocker in Co Tyrone in 1998.
Justice Edwards said he held no bias toward Mr Lanigan but, if that was the perception, he wouldn't stand in the way of it being heard by a different judge.
Mr Lanigan was remanded in custody until July 26, when Mr Justice Michael Peart will hear his legal aid bid. He'll be back before Mr Justice Edwards on July 30 to deal with the extradition issue.