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Petters seeks to remove judge from case

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There is another court filing in the case of Tom Petters.

Thursday, Petters filed motions in federal court to have U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle removed from his case, and to change Kyle's order that denied his effort to reduce his 50-year prison term.

The Pioneer Press reports that Petters filed the motions himself with assistance from John Gregory Lambros, who Petters called his jailhouse lawyer.

According to the Pioneer Press report, Lambros is an inmate with Petters at the U.S. penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas and is not an actual attorney.

On Dec. 5, Kyle denied Petters' appeal to have 20 years shaved off his 50-year sentence from his conviction in a $3.5 billion Ponzi scheme.

In his ruling Kyle wrote that he did not believe Petters' argument that his lawyers were "ineffective."

Petters claimed his former defense attorneys lied to the court during an October hearing. He claimed they did not inform him about a potential plea bargain that would have allowed him to plead guilty in exchange for the shorter sentence.

The attorney who represented Petters for the appeal Steven Meshbesher told the Pioneer Press, "I have a tremendous amount of respect and trust with Judge Kyle."

According to the Pioneer Press, Meshbesher indicated he told Petters from the outset that he wouldn't be involved with trying to remove Kyle.

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