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DeVaul criminal case gets new judge, new date

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Another judge has jumped the Dan DeVaul ship, but a new pro-bono attorney has also climbed on board. Judge John Trice and attorney Jeffrey Stulberg will now attempt to navigate the Sunny Acres seas with DeVaul, who was previously representing himself and was to be before the bench of Judge Jac Crawford.

Crawford is the second judge to disqualify himself from the case, preceded by Judge Dodie Harman. While Harman gave no reason for her dismissal in June, at a recent hearing Crawford declared a conflict of interest, having previously worked for the county counsel office and interacted with some of the code enforcement officers who initiated the charges brought against DeVaul.

Stulberg, who said he felt compelled to represent DeVaul because of the contributions he believes DeVaul has made to the county, is optimistic about the case and said that he thinks DeVaul has saved the county thousands of dollars by providing the services he does through the Sunny Acres sober living facility.

“I’m convinced that DeVaul has not committed any criminal act.” Stulburg said, and “I’m confident that a jury of 12 honest citizens will acquit him.

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