SUNBURY — The judge presiding over a lawsuit filed by a former corporal with the city’s police department has denied a motion seeking his recusal.

The Hon. Harold F. Woelfel, of Snyder-Union County Court, denied the request filed by attorney Timothy Bowers, on behalf of Jamie Quinn who has sued the Police Pension Commission over the denial of benefits.

In June 2018, the senior judge sentenced the former cop to two years probation, 60 days of house arrest, 100 hours of community service and court costs following a conviction on a charge of criminal conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence.

Quinn subsequently made a request for benefits from the police pension fund, but was denied.

In the motion seeking recusal, Bowers argued that “the nexus between the conviction and (companion criminal matter) and Quinn’s duties as a police officer is a central issue in the present appeal of pension denial by the Police Pension Commission.”

In a separate filing, Woelfel set July 5 in which the plaintiff may submit a legal brief to the court and July 17 for the defendant to do the same.

Legal arguments have been scheduled for 9:15 a.m. July 30 in Courtroom No. 1.

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