U.S. attorney files to remove lead federal prosecutor from EPISD cheating scandal trial

El Paso Independent School District

KFOX14/CBS4 learned that a request has been made to remove the lead prosecutor in the El Paso Independent School District scandal trial.

Nearly a year after a mistrial was declared in the district’s cheating scheme case against five former school district administrators, Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Kanof has been asked to be removed from the case.

Wednesday morning, John F. Bash, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas, requested the removal of the lead federal prosecutor.

No reason or replacement name was given on document.

The defense claims misconduct by the government in 2017.

The scandal involves former EPISD Associate Superintendent James Anderson, former Austin High School Principal John Tanner, and former Austin High School assistant principals Nancy Love, Diane Thomas and Mark Tegmeyer.

The scheme denied an untold number of students the right to a proper education by fraudulently boosting the district’s test scores, attendance and graduation rates to meet federal accountability standards.

We have reached out to the U.S. Attorney's Office to explain today's move.

It did not immediately return CBS4's calls.

A hearing in this case is scheduled for June 14.

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