Ex-Pilot president wants Black judge replaced for 2nd trial

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The white former president of Pilot Co. wants a Black federal judge to recuse himself from a overseeing the retrial of a fraud case against him. Mark Hazelwood claims the judge appeared biased against him after hearing a recording of him making racist remarks at the first trial. Hazelwood was convicted in February 2018 of conspiring to cheat trucking companies out of millions of dollars and witness tampering. A federal appeals court vacated his conviction last year and ordered a new trial. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Hazelwood’s attorneys filed a motion last week asking the judge to step down.

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