Disgraced Subway pitchman Jared Fogle has moved for District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt’s recusal from his child pornography case, alleging the fact that she has teenage daughters creates a bias against him. A major problem with his argument: Pratt has no teenage daughters.
Fogle filed the pro se motion for recusal Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, further alleging that Pratt’s decision to allow a conspiracy charge to proceed against him is evidence of her bias. The former spokesman pleaded guilty in 2015 to charges of conspiracy to distribute/receive child porn, as well as traveling to have sex with a minor.
“As already prior argued, no such provision in law exist(s),” he wrote in the Feb. 6 motion.
Fogle went on to write that his case, United States of America v. Jared Fogle, 1:15-cr-00159, involves a teenage prostitute and teenage girls, thus making Pratt, who he claimed was the mother of two teenage daughters, unable to objectively consider his case. The judge's staff confirmed Thursday that Pratt has no teenage daughters.
Tuesday’s motion came after Pratt rejected Fogle’s plea for relief from his 15-year sentence on the grounds that he is a “sovereign citizen” not subject to the court’s jurisdiction.
Pratt sentenced Fogle in November 2015 to 15 years in prison, a term upheld by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in June 2016.