OSWEGO, N.Y. -- It was another tense day in court in the Alan Jones case. This time it was defense attorney Sal Lanza facing off against Judge Walter Hafner. The judge accused Lanza of not being prepared in a separate case. When Jones' case was called, Lanza told the court he planned to file an application to have the judge removed from the case.
"We're going to make a motion to this court to recuse himself and I'm going to see how Judge Hafner is going to handle it at this point. I've had enough," said Lanza.
The prosecution declined to discuss the issue outside the courtroom.
"I'm going to wait for the judge's decision to come out on Monday and determine what he has to say. I'm going to wait for Mr. Lanza to file his motions on the judge's recusal so I can answer his motion more appropriately once I see it," said Assistant District Attorney Mary Rain.
As for the case itself, the prosecution has filed another protective order against Lanza. They are trying to prevent him from releasing information about the case to the media for fear it will taint their jury pool.
"I don't want the public to make a determination on the evidence. The court is the proper people and perspective in order to do that," said Rain.
In earlier proceedings, Lanza indicated he wanted to bring in high profile forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht. But in court Thursday, Judge Hafner denied that request saying Dr. Wecht's fee was too much for county taxpayers.
"I'm going to require you to submit three experts in each of the areas with their fees, ok? You're entitled to an expert but not a celebrity expert, alright?" said Judge Hafner.
"Now I've got to produce three people and the judge will decide which one. Hey, he's setting himself up for a reversible error in my opinion. He can do that, but it will be reversed," said Lanza.
Judge Hafner will issue a written decision about the motions on Monday. Judge Hafner is also the one who will ultimately decide whether or not he recuses himself from the case.