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A judge facing a New Jersey Supreme Court hearing on charges he made inappropriate comments to jurors and about other judges is asking that two members of the Court recuse themselves due to alleged bias. Superior Court Judge Wilbur Mathesius filed a motion last Wednesday urging that Chief Justice Deborah Poritz and Justice Jaynee LaVecchia not participate in his disciplinary case because they have criticized him in the past. Mathesius is challenging the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct’s findings that he committed ethics violations the committee said warranted a six-month suspension, half without pay. At issue is Mathesius’ conduct in Mercer County’s Criminal Part in 2004 and 2005 and conduct resulting in two admonitions while he was a municipal court judge. ACJC Chairman Alan Handler found that ethics prosecutors proved by clear and convincing evidence allegations in a four-count complaint charging that Mathesius:

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