The federal judge overseeing the criminal corruption case against former Republican U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock recused herself Jan. 19, citing information about Schock's efforts to delay her from becoming her court's chief judge.
U.S. District Court Judge Sue Myerscough agreed with defense attorneys who said that information showing that Schock worked with Sen. Mark Kirk ( R-Ill. ) in 2011 to make sure that another judge was commissioned before her could contribute to doubts regarding her impartiality.
Myerscough, a Democrat, considered running for the same seat Schock won in 2008. Schock's defense also noted that Myerscough's daughter is engaged to an attorney at McGuireWoods, the primary law firm handling the case for the congressman.
A federal grand jury indicted Schock Nov. 10, 2016, in Springfield on two dozens counts of wire and mail fraud involving the misuse of campaign and taxpayer dollars.