Superior Court Judge Michael Jurkovich has withdrawn from the case of Keitz vs Madera County, which is scheduled to be heard Friday in Department 5 of Madera County Superior Court.
He is the second judge to recuse himself in the civil case in which Keitz seeks to prevent the public release of a report on his conduct of his office, claiming that making the document public would cause him irreparable harm.
Judge James Oakley will now hear the case.
Before he was appointed to the bench, Jurkovich was an attorney with the law firm of Gilmore, Wood, Vinnard & Magness, P.C. That is the same firm that employs attorney Daniel Rowley, an expert on hostile work environment allegations. Rowley’s investigation of Keitz’s office resulted in the report Keitz is trying to suppress...