LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A fourth Arkansas judge said Wednesday he could not accept the disbarment case against President Clinton, whose law license state authorities are attempting to revoke because of his admitted misstatements under oath about a sexual affair.
A fifth judge, Leon Johnson, who was appointed by Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Republican, was assigned the case but said he would study it before deciding whether to hear it.
In an order made public Wednesday, Judge Chris Piazza of Little Rock said: "Then-Gov. Clinton appointed me to chair a committee that drafted legislation that became the core of the current Arkansas Ethics Law. Due to this association, the court on its own motion and for good cause show, does hereby recuse from the above styled case."
Three other judges earlier recused themselves from Clinton's case, all citing previous judicial appointments from the president while he was governor of Arkansas.