I think the details and the law are very important if we are to understand Judge M's decision to recuse. It's still online if anyone cares to read it, and it consists of five pages.I think the basis for Judge Murphy recusing himself from the case was weak and did not justify his recusal. He was a personal friend of an attorney representing SD in a case against her. Well, what judge isn't familiar and even friendly with other attorneys in these small towns? In the recent Murdaugh double-homicide case, it seems like all the attorneys and judges regularly interact together, socially as well as in the courtroom.
Refresher: SD was Barry Morphew's girlfriend (supposedly beginning sometime after Morphew's wife disappeared). BM was restricted from visiting the property of his former home, from which his wife disappeared. SD trespassed onto that property to retrieve a package intended for BM that was delivered to that addresss rather than his own. At the request of the current owner of the property, SD was charged for that trespass. At a prior time, SD had visited the site of an apartment or condo complex where she formerly lived. A witness against Morphew in the case involving his wife's murder currently lived at that property and believed SD's visits there were intended to intimidate that witness so that she would not serve as a witness against BM. That witness attempted, but failed, to gain a restraining order against SD.
So, WHAT exactly was the conflict for Murphy? Does no one who has ever appeared before him to plea or be tried for a crime ever appear as a witness in another case being heard by Murphy? I find that unlikely in such a sparsely populated area.
SD's role as a listed witness in BM's trial is a key fact. It's not that she had her own case and appeared before M, represented by his friend.
I think before we judge the judge, we owe him at least a minute to understand his reasoning.
Order re: Defense Motion to Disqualify Judge Murphy (D-55)