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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - A circuit court judge ruled Thursday that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli can be recused from the embezzlement case involving former Executive Mansion chef ToddĀ Schneider.

CBS 6 News reporter Joe St. George reports Richmond Circuit Court Judge Margaret Spencer granted the attorney general's office motion to let CuccinelliĀ withdraw from the case citing a conflict of interest. The commonwealth's attorney in Norfolk will now take over the case.

"We are pleased with the judge's decision to allow recusal in this matter, and we are confident that justice will be carried out in this case," attorney general's spokeswoman Caroline Gibson said in a statement.

The judge did not rule on the chef's defense motion that the charges should be dropped. That ruling is expected on May 14.