MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Morgan County magistrate charged with faking a February attack in her office has asked a judge to disqualify the Morgan County Prosecutor's Office from trying her case in court.
Bonnie Riffle was suspended from the bench after she was charged in April with a seven-count grand jury indictment that includes allegations she falsified a police report in an attempt to collect workers' compensation.
Riffle has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
A motion filed in Morgan County Circuit Court by Riffle's attorney on Friday now seeks to "ensure a fair trial" by preventing Morgan County Prosecutor David Savasten and his office from handling the prosecution of the case.
The three-page motion lists several reasons for the request, including claims that Riffle recently testified in Martinsburg in a federal civil court case in which Savasten was one of the defendants.