No decision on whether new judge needed for sex doll case

A Newfoundland judge has not yet decided if he will remove himself from hearing the case of a man charged with importing a child sex doll.
Lawyer Bob Buckingham chats with his client Kenneth Harrisson, who is charged with importing a child sex doll. (Glenn Payette/CBC News)

A provincial court judge in St. John's has not yet decided if he will remove himself from hearing the case of a man charged with importing a child sex doll.

Judge Mark Pike met three times with the lead investigator in the case, and issued search warrants.

Judge Mark Pike issued search warrants for a case he is now presiding over. (CBC)

Bob Buckingham, the defence lawyer for Kenneth Harrisson, said Tuesday there could be a perception of bias because of that.

Buckingham said the request for warrants was not made in open court.

However, the Crown says there is no evidence of anything wrong.

It said a judge's duty is to be impartial and that the issuing of warrants was handled properly.

Pike will make his decision Feb. 17.