Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis has recused herself from a street worker's retaliatory discharge case against the city of Madison brought over injuries sustained while lifting a dead animal.

Callis signed the order Dec. 17 during her Friday motion call.

There is no reason given for the judge's recusal.

The case brought against the city by plaintiff Donald Wilson has yet to be reassigned.

Wilson is suing for damages in excess of $50,000 and costs. He claims that the city fired him after he sought workers' compensation after injuring his back picking up an animal carcass in 2005.

The city counters that Wilson was fired because he was unable to do his job.

Madison Mayor John Hamm III also is named as a defendant in the case.
The defense has moved for summary judgment citing Wilson's own deposition testimony.

That matter had been set before Callis during the Dec. 17 motion call.

That motion was continued at the plaintiff's request as his attorney was set to be in Harrisburg, Ill. on another case.

Morgan Scroggins represents Wilson.

James Craney represents Madison.

The case is Madison case number 08-L-782.

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