Conner, a Democrat, is a close political ally of Mayor Stephanie Miner’s, who has been charged with misdemeanor second-degree criminal impersonation by the Onondaga District Attorney’s office for sending a letter to the editorial department of Syracuse.com, which was allegedly signed by five black ministers without their permission.
Oswego City Court Judge James Metcalf will reportedly step in to take over the case.
According to Syracuse.com, City Court Judge James Cecile recused himself because he’s known Conner for 25 or 30 years, and because Conner worked on his campaign, and those of his family members.
“He helped my father (the late Common Councilor Robert Cecile) when my father was in politics,” Cecile told the Post Standard. “He helped me to get elected. He helped my brother Dave, who’s on the school board. And I see Bruce probably a couple times a month. We belong to the same credit union.”
Although it is unusual for all nine judges to recuse themselves from the same case, Michael Klein, district executive for the 5th Judicial District, said it is not unheard of when it comes to cases involving the family members, and friends, of judges.
According to officials, Conner’s arraignment will take place at 1:30 p.m. Friday.