7th Circuit rejects Conour’s bid to remove judge

Convicted fraudster and former Indianapolis attorney William Conour won’t get to represent himself for now, nor will he succeed in getting the federal judge he claims is biased thrown off his case.

The 7th Circuit earlier this year remanded Conour’s federal wire fraud case for resentencing and this week rejected his petition for a writ of mandamus. Conour sought removal of Chief Judge Richard Young from his case that’s set for resentencing next month in the U.S. Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Conour also sought an order for his court-appointed counsel’s withdrawal from the case. Such a motion has been pending before Young since early November.

Conour, who’s serving a 10-year wire fraud sentence for stealing $6.7 million from three dozen clients, asked the 7th Circuit for the relief in a pro se motion he filed earlier this month. The 7th Circuit denied his petition without comment Dec. 21.

Conour’s resentencing is scheduled for 3 p.m. Jan. 14 in Room 349 of the Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Indianapolis. The 7th Circuit remanded for resentencing to modify uniform special conditions of post-sentence release that did not apply in his case, but Conour has sought to widen the scope of resentencing.

Young to date has declined to allow Conour to represent himself and has struck jailhouse pleadings Conour filed after his lawyer moved to withdraw.  

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