Susan Lukjan wants out of jail - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Susan Lukjan wants out of jail

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB Fox 41) -- The woman found guilty of setting her Saint Matthew business on fire wants out of jail. 

In July, Susan Lukjan was sentenced to twelve years for burning down her business, Campbell's Gourmet Cottage, to collect an insurance settlement. She's appealing her conviction, and on Monday, Lukjan asked the judge to grant her the same deal she was offered before deciding to go to trial.

If she had pleaded guilty, she would be on probation at home.

Lukjan's lawyer, Thomas Clay, also filed a motion Monday asking Judge Audra Eckerle to be removed from the case, claming the court violated Lukjan's right to a fair trial.

Clay says Judge Eckerle told a fellow judge that statements Clay had made to the media should disqualify him from the case, and that someone should file a complaint against him.

A short time later, two people stepped forward to file complaints with the Louisville Bar Association.

Clay says both complaintants have donated to Judge Eckerle's re-election campaign in the past, and that one of the complaints has been dismissed as a result.

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