Judge in Correia fraud case recuses herself

Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia speaks to reporters outside the federal courthouse in Boston, Oct. 12, 2018. (WJAR)

A status hearing in the case of embattled Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia was canceled Thursday when U.S. Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelley announced she was recusing herself.

Kelly removed herself in a one-sentence order citing a law in which "any justice, judge, or magistrate judge of the United States shall disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned."

She did not elaborate.

The hearing was to take place in Boston, but the U.S. attorney said Correia was not expected to be in attendance.

Correia pleaded not guilty to 13 federal counts of wire and tax fraud related to his now-defunct business that developed a phone app called SnoOwl.

Correia has said he will not step down as mayor, but an effort to recall him is in the works.

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