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Caroline County top prosecutor will be removed from some cases after assault claims

Posted at 1:30 AM, May 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-21 11:31:56-04

CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - When it comes to prosecuting cases in Caroline County Commonwealth's Attorney Anthony "Tony" Spencer will now have to step aside in any case that involves defense attorney Melissa Danjczek.

On Tuesday, Danjczek filed a motion requesting a special prosecutor represent the Commonwealth in all criminal matters.

A judge approved that request Wednesday.

"My client was excited that the judge looked into the matter, heard it immediately, didn't set it aside and she was very detailed about how she managed this motion," said Vincent Robertson, Danjczek's attorney.

The motion comes after Danjczek claims she was assaulted by Spencer in court last week.

The alleged events are said to have happened inside a courtroom Friday over a DUI manual.

"There were a number of officers that were present, a number of court officers to include bailiffs as well as defense attorneys and just the general public that were present who saw it all," said Robertson.

Spencer has also filed an arrest warrant against Danjczek, accusing her of taking the manual without permission.

He declined an on-camera interview but provided his response to the motion filed.

Spencer had asked for the motion to be denied, stating that what happened with Danjczek has not had an effect on professional judgement of the prosecutors in his office.

However, Spencer did request a special prosecutor in the petit larceny case against Danjczek.