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Judge to be appointed in Langley and Lee case

ALBANY, Ga. — Second District Administrative Judge Harry Altman has been asked to assign an out-of-town judge to determine whether an interlocutory injunction requested by an Albany attorney against three of his co-workers is warranted, court documents show.

Richard Langley of Langley and Lee filed a petition for a temporary restraining order and injunction on Monday, contending that he was notified by co-workers Donald Lee, Joseph Durham and David Orlowski of his termination of their relationship — and that they intended to restrict access to his office, files, financial information and otherwise interfere with his ability to represent clients and provide an orderly separation from the firm.

An order signed by Dougherty Superior Court Judge Stephen Goss that was filed at the same time Monday prohibited the listed defendants from taking action that could cause any interruption to Langley’s representation of his clients, according to court documents.

Later that afternoon, a recusal order was signed by all three Superior Court judges in the Dougherty circuit — Goss, Denise Marshall and Chief Judge Willie Lockette — on the grounds that the lawyers involved appear before the judges on a routine basis.

Altman has been requested to enter an order assigning a judge from another circuit to hear further proceedings in the case — including a hearing to determine whether an interlocutory injunction will be granted.

Court documents also show that Lee, Durham and Orlowski filed a motion Tuesday morning requesting reconsideration of the temporary restraining order. In that motion, the case is argued that the restriction of access was not as it is described in Langley’s complaint, calling his averment as “demonstrably false” — and that the ultimate result was the court making a decision based on inadequate information.

A call to Langley and Lee seeking comment on the case was directed to Langley, who declined to discuss it.

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