Family upset after another delay in Tanisha Anderson case
CLEVELAND – A day after the family of Tanisha Anderson told the Fox 8 I -Team they were frustrated by delays in her case, they learned there will now be another setback.
Tanisha Anderson died in police custody in November 2014. The family has been waiting for 17 months to get answers.
The Special Master in the Tanisha Anderson case, retired Judge Thomas Pokorny, notified Administrative and Presiding Judge John J. Russo of a conflict and asked to be recused from the case.
Judge Pokorny recently learned that a member of his family is friends with a person involved in the case.
Pokorny asked to be recused from the case about three weeks ago, a court spokesperson said.
Judge Russo granted the request and has appointed retired Judge Joseph Gibson as the new Special Master.
The family is upset that there is another delay in the case.
A press release from the Court states court officials understand that this unavoidable delay affects a number of people. “It is our expectation that Judge Gibson will move the process forward in a speedy and diligent manner,” the release states.
The case was transferred to a special prosecutor with the Attorney General’s office in March.
A special master was appointed to review the case in April and send the case to the Attorney General’s office, but that has not been done yet.
A spokesman with the Attorney General’s office says they cannot move forward on the case until they get the file.
“The Anderson family has every right to be upset with this recent notification that there has been even another delay. When do the delays end? When will the system treat the criminal investigation with the appropriate sense of urgency and it deserves? The delays must end immediately and there must be no further excuses,”said David Malik, an attorney for the family.