Circuit Judge Don McSpadden filed an order this morning recusing from the Hunter Biden paternity case.
I’ve attempted to reach him for further explanation but been unsuccessful. He hasn’t responded to other questions about the case.
His brief notice said he was stepping off the case pursuant to the administrative plan of the 16th Judicial Circuit, which covers Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard and Stone counties.
He steps down with a hearing scheduled next week in the case and also with two motions of intervention pending.
McSpadden sits in Division Two of the circuit, one of four judgeships in the circuit. The administrative plan approved by the Arkansas Supreme Court for 2020-21 gives all domestic relations cases to Division Two, but says all judges can handle all cases as needs arise. It also says that in the event of a recusal, the case passes in turn to Divisions One, Four and Three. That would, respectively, be Judges Holly Meyer of Heber Springs, Tim Weaver of Mount Pleasant and Lee Harrod of Heber Springs. If all judges in the circuit recused, the chief of the Supreme Court would appoint a replacement.
I’ve also attempted to reach attorneys in the case.
There are no filings on-line at the moment on who’ll handle the case going forward and whether the change affects the current schedule.