Rocky Houston’s federal trial remains on schedule for March 17, despite a late effort by his court-appointed attorney to get off the case.
Michael McGovern filed a motion to withdraw just hours before Monday’s 1 p.m. status conference.
The timing didn’t sit well with U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. He admonished both McGovern and Houston, who also filed a last minute motion to get rid of McGovern.
“I take it you’re not going to argue against his request to withdraw,” Shirley asked Houston.