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Judge Will Allow Alleged Child Molester Chris Simcox to Cross-Examine Victim Children

Former Minuteman leader and accused child molester Chris Simcox started his Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court trying to get Judge Jose Padilla kicked off his case, claiming Padilla favored the prosecution, was a member of La Raza, and therefore was biased against him.

Simcox's request quickly was denied by another judge, but this worked to his advantage, as that afternoon, Padilla agreed with Simcox that he should be allowed to personally cross-examine his alleged child victims, ages 7 and 8, one of them Simcox's own daughter.

The erstwhile Republican U.S. Senate candidate is representing himself in his upcoming trial on six counts related to accusations that he molested two girls in 2013. Simcox has two "advisory counsel" from the legal defender's office to help him out.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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