3 judges step down in Ky. bid-rigging case

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A highway bid-rigging case remained without a presiding judge as three judges disqualified themselves this week.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves stepped down due to a potential conflict after presiding over the case since it started nine months ago. The case was assigned to U.S. District Judge Karen K. Caldwell, who then disqualified herself because of a possible conflict on Friday.

She assigned the case to Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph M. Hood, who later that day withdrew without explanation. The Courier-Journal said the case has been referred to the chief federal judge in the Eastern District of Kentucky for another assignment.

The case involves highway contractor Leonard Lawson, former Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert and Lawson employee Brian Billings.

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