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Judge removed from long-awaited molestation case

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The long-awaited molestation trial of a former Gwinnett Cub Scout leader and library board member will be heard by a new judge.

Harry Brett Taylor, then 44, was arrested in 2008 on 32 various counts of sexual misconduct with children. At the time of his indictment, 17 children -- most boys under the age of 16 -- had come forward to accuse Taylor of having sex with them, touching them improperly or photographing them naked in incidents allegedly beginning in 1995.

Taylor's trial has been delayed for nearly four years, and may now be pushed back further.

On Friday, Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Melodie Snell Conner issued a ruling that Judge Karen Beyers be removed from Taylor's case due to the potential for a perceived bias. According to the ruling, Beyers' staff attorney, Kim Gallant, formerly worked as a supervisory assistant district attorney.

Gallant was never involved in Taylor's case while working at the DA's office, but Conner found reason enough to order a new judge assigned to the case.

"While this Court finds no actual bias or impropriety, the Court does find that all of the surrounding facts and circumstances in their totality could cause the average citizen to reasonably question the impartiality of (Judge Beyers)," Conner wrote in her ruling.

Another judge had not yet been assigned to the case Wednesday. Judge Warren Davis voluntarily recused himself, according to a document filed Tuesday.

Taylor has remained in Gwinnett County Jail without bond since July 24, 2008.

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Gundoctor1 2 years, 5 months ago

So will this now be another 4 years. Sounds like he has a good attorney that can keep this stalled for this long. I think I'll write his name down in my book that I keep,"If I ever need one".

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chasmcjr 2 years, 5 months ago

Meantime, he sits in jail. I doubt stalling was the motive for this one.

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