Judge Won't Recuse From Jan. 6 Case, Saying Motion 'Smacks of Gamesmanship'

"Its eleventh-hour timing and surrounding circumstances strongly suggest that [defendant John H.] Strand seeks reassignment because he and [co-defendant Dr. Simone] Gold were unhappy with her sentence, and he would thus prefer another judge to conduct the remainder of his proceedings," U.S. District Judge Christopher R. Cooper of the District of Columbia said. "The court will not reward any such tactic."

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