A Sacramento judge has ruled in favor Judge Gary Medvigy in an ongoing dispute with Santa Rosa defense attorney Steve Turer, finding he showed no bias when he held Turer in contempt of court twice in one trial and fined him $1,250.
Judge Laurie M. Earl found Medvigy’s two rulings during the Todd Albers attempted murder trial trial, which ended in a hung jury, were no basis for a claim of impartiality. And she said there was no evidence that Medvigy, an Army Reserve brigadier general, rolled his eyes or watched a clock during Turer’s presentations to a jury.
With the ruling, Earl refused to disqualify Medvigy from presiding over Turer’s future cases, including Albers, which is headed for a re-trial. In the first trial Medvigy cited Turer for being rude and failing to heed his orders about discussing a witness’s immigration status.
“A person aware of the facts would not reasonably entertain a doubt that Judge Medvigy would be able to be impartial,” Earl wrote in her eight-page ruling obtained by The Press Democrat Thursday.