Feud between judge and defense lawyers gets heated

LONDON, Ky. — The war of words between a federal judge and one of the lawyers for Patrick Baker has heated up, delaying closing arguments in the trial of the man pardoned by then-Gov. Matt Bevin. 

U.S. District Judge Claria Horn Boom has threatened to find Louisville attorney Steve Romines in contempt for repeatedly violating her orders against citing inadmissible hearsay evidence. 

Romines in turn has accused Boom of bias, which she has denied. 

It’s gotten so tense that the defense team has retained counsel, white-collar criminal defense attorney Marc Murphy (and a Courier Journal political cartoonist), who rushed to 

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