Amending the Recusal Law (28 U.S.C. Sec. 455)

This petition is a response to the conduct of a federal judge who taught at a university, was a board member of one of its research centers, received $5,500 to teach a summer course at a resort location in Greece, and presided over a series of lawsuits against that same university during the same period while never disclosing her association with it. When confronted with this conflict of interest, this judge refused to withdraw despite the canons of judicial conduct that indicate disqualification, and despite the recusal statute whose general language was ignored. Throughout the country, judges associated with universities are called upon to adjudicate cases in which those universities are defendants in lawsuits.

This petition adds specific language to the recusal statute that will compel judges to withdraw from lawsuits in which their university employers are a party. It supports the incorporation of Sec. 455(b)(5)(v) into the United States Code, Title 28, Section 455(b), which adds the following phrase to the existing recusal statute: "Serves as an instructor or on an advisory board of an educational institution that is a party to the proceeding."

For a full description of this petition, see: http://www.tulanelink.com/tulanelink/petition_13a.htm

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  • Lisa Cote' Professor Bernofsky, thank you for making this truthful and informative video. I, too, have experienced legal corruption in Louisiana judiciary, Disciplinary Counsel, and attorney areas. Your video helped me see that I am not alone. I regret the pain that you and your family have endured. Thank you for NOT giving up on justice. Lisa

  • Martella Gastel This is only the tip of the iceberg. Our judiciary is corrupt at every level. Judges with good intent wouldn't have to be told to recuse in a case where there are obvious links to a defendent. They are supposed to recuse when a "reasonable person" might suspect that their judgment is affected. However, Judges commonly opnine that THEY don't think their judgement is affected, so THEY don't have to recuse. Reasonable people be damned.

  • Erika Ochoa Nowadays it is well know to the public, that 90 % of those people sitting on the bench are corrupt criminals, nobody believes them to be honest or honorable. Do the judges really believe they can hand out injustice to the people for as long as they have and we wouldn't notice. No one I know thinks they can get justice in the courts today. The judges today are useless and are the cause of great damage to the people they were paid to help. It is the greatest betrayal of our times, and it will not be allowed to continue forever, the UNIVERSE and GOD are just no one can give EVIL and receive GOOD, KARMA IS COMING, thank you JESUS.

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    Lisa Cote'

    5 days ago City: Shreveport
    State: Louisiana
    Age: 40 - 49
    Occupation: -
    Comments: Professor Bernofsky, thank you for making this truthful and informative video. I, too, have experienced legal corruption in Louisiana judiciary, Disciplinary Counsel, and attorney areas. Your video helped me see that I am not alone. I regret the pain that you and your family have endured. Thank you for NOT giving up on justice. Lisa
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    Martella Gastel

    2 weeks ago City: McKeesport
    State: Pennsylvania
    Age: 60 - 69
    Occupation: Business Owner
    Comments: This is only the tip of the iceberg. Our judiciary is corrupt at every level. Judges with good intent wouldn't have to be told to recuse in a case where there are obvious links to a defendent. They are supposed to recuse when a "reasonable person" might suspect that their judgment is affected. However, Judges commonly opnine that THEY don't think their judgement is affected, so THEY don't have to recuse. Reasonable people be damned.
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    Erika Ochoa

    3 weeks ago City: Long Beach
    State: California
    Age: -
    Occupation: -
    Comments: Nowadays it is well know to the public, that 90 % of those people sitting on the bench are corrupt criminals, nobody believes them to be honest or honorable. Do the judges really believe they can hand out injustice to the people for as long as they have and we wouldn't notice. No one I know thinks they can get justice in the courts today. The judges today are useless and are the cause of great damage to the people they were paid to help. It is the greatest betrayal of our times, and it will not be allowed to continue forever, the UNIVERSE and GOD are just no one can give EVIL and receive GOOD, KARMA IS COMING, thank you JESUS.
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Petition highlights

  • As signer of this petition, you join with others who believe that amendment of the Recusal Law (28 USC Sec. 455) brings us one step closer to the goal of "Equal Justice Under Law," a right promised by our Constitution but imperiled through the abuse of judicial discretion and the lack of public vigilance. See: http://www.tulanelink.com/tulanelink/petition_13a.htm