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Ex-Freedom President says Prosecutor Should Be Disqualified


The former president of Freedom Industries says U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office shouldn't prosecute criminal charges against him because its members were victims of the company's chemical spill.

Gary Southern's lawyers filed a motion Monday seeking the disqualification of Goodwin and his office's agents and investigators. The motion says they have a conflict of interest.

According to the motion, each charge against Southern is related to the January chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water.

A criminal complaint unsealed last week alleges that Southern lied about his role with the company in bankruptcy court hearings and meetings.

Goodwin tells The Charleston Gazette that he has no comment on the motion.

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