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Johnson will get new judge in murder appeal

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The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals has agreed that Maurice Johnson should have a new judge as he tries to overturn his three murder convictions in the 1999 Valentine's Day triple slaying in Cleveland, Tenn.

Johnson's defense attorney and prosecutors both asked that Criminal Court Judge Amy Reedy be removed from the case because her "impartiality might reasonably be questioned," according to court documents.

The appeals court agreed in an order filed Nov. 18 and asked the Tennessee Supreme Court to appoint a new judge.

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