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Judge rules to disqualify former prosecutors
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Jun 19, 2014 | 1376 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An order signed by a Superior Court judge last week disqualified two former Jones County prosecutors from representing two defendants in an upcoming Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations case.

The order dated June 10 was signed by Superior Court Judge Hugh Wingfield and prepared by one of Jones County’s current assistant district attorneys, Dawn Baskin, who filed the disqualification motion.

The order is 12 pages in length.

A disqualification hearing was held May 29 but ended before closing arguments were heard. Those arguments were instead presented as briefs that were submitted to the judge.

The case in question concerned two defendants, Isais Hernandez Ramirez and Richardo David Rodrigues, who were arrested Nov. 4, 2013, and indicted Jan. 7, 2014, on two counts of the RICO Act.

The motion to disqualify attorneys Gregory Bushway and Keagan Waystack from the case was filed by the state May 8 and was continued from its first hearing in Superior Court May 15.

Baskin represented the state in the May 29 hearing and defense attorney Frank Hogue represented Bushway and Waystack.

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