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Legal novice asks judge to remove herself in challenge of Muskrat Falls

The Newfoundland man who is challenging the Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject has asked the judge hearing the case to remove herself.

Brad Cabana, a political blogger and small businessman, is arguing in provincial Supreme Court that the $7.7-billion project in Labrador should be stopped.

Judge Gillian Butler is hearing his claims that the province unjustly denied residents a say on the development through a referendum.

But on Friday, Cabana asked Butler to recuse herself from the case because she is married to a senior partner with a St. John’s law firm that’s representing former premier Danny Williams.

Cabana is embroiled in a defamation lawsuit and countersuit with Williams.

The court adjourned and will argue Cabana’s request for Butler to remove herself on Monday.

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