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Judge recuses himself in Katz case

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County Court Judge Ed Casias has recused himself from any involvement with Breckenridge Councilmember J.B. Katz’s domestic violence case.

Katz was arrested last month and cited for domestic

violence-assault, criminal mischief, harassment and resisting arrest after a reported altercation at her boyfriend’s house north of town. A few days later, she was arrested again, on suspicion of violating a restraining order. Her boyfriend, Andrew Fisker, was also cited for contacting her.



Although she recently closed her law practice, Katz has worked as a Summit County attorney, for years. She and Casias have met face-to-face often in the courtroom.

“We worked against each other while I was a district attorney, but even when I was on the bench, I worked pretty closely with her on some cases,” Casias said. “I didn’t want it to appear I was biased toward or against any party. Ethically, if I think there’s even an appearance of impropriety, I have to get off the case.”



Casias said his decision was based on recommendations from the Colorado Supreme Court.

As a result, an Eagle County judge will come to Summit County to hear the case. A date for Katz’s county court arraignment has not yet been set.

Jane Reuter can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at jreuter@summitdaily.com


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