Oklahoma man convicted of sex crimes asks for new US judge
November 9, 2015 at 6:18 PM CST - Updated July 25 at 3:21 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An attorney for an Oklahoma man convicted of sexually abusing children at a Kenyan orphanage has asked for a federal judge to disqualify himself from deciding the man's motions to overturn his conviction and grant a new trial.
The motion filed Friday on behalf of 21-year-old Matthew Durham alleges U.S. District Judge David Russell has "a deep-seated bias" in favor of federal prosecutors and against Durham and his attorney, Stephen Jones.
Prosecutors say Jones is merely upset that Russell has ruled against him on some issues and the motion should be denied.
A jury found Durham guilty in June of seven counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places. Prosecutors say Durham targeted orphans while volunteering at the Upendo Children's Home in Nairobi between April and June 2014.
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