City of Boston Seeks to Remove Judge from Civil Suit


Ulysses Rodriguez Charles

, who was exonerated in 2001 after serving 17 years in Massachusetts prison for a rape he didn’t commit, is facing deportation by U.S. immigration authorities at the same time his wrongful conviction civil suit against the city of Boston is pending.

And now lawyers for the city want U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner to recuse herself from the case, saying that she showed “deep-seated favoritism and antagonism” in comments she made alleging that the city may have worked with immigration officials to deport Charles before his April civil trial.But Charles said last week that Gertner's comments were "extremely intuitive" and that the city is simply "judge shopping."

"I think they want it to be biased, and they see that she's fair," Charles, 58, said from his mother's house in the South End. "They thought they would get a judge who's pro-government because I'm suing the government. But she's extremely familiar with the underhanded tactics of the Boston Police Department."

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. (Boston Globe, 11/17/08)


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