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

943 Signatures Goal: 2,000

This petition adds specific language to the federal 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."

The 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 nevertheless 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 in defiance of the federal recusal statute whose broad language was ignored. Throughout the country, judges associated with universities are called upon to adjudicate cases in which those universities are defendants in lawsuits.

As signer of this petition, you join with others who believe that amending 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.

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

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Thank you for supporting this effort to help eliminate the judicial bias that arises from conflict of interest issues.
  • Seneca Hollenbaugh
    Seneca Hollenbaugh Ireland, Dublin
    Jan 16, 2016
    Jan 16, 2016
    I am a victim of such collusion for the last 12 years in Washington State.
  • DIANA
    DIANA United States, Tucson
    Dec 30, 2015
    Dec 30, 2015
    AS THE MANY SIGNATURES TO PETITION THIS JUDGE TO REMOVE HERSELF OR AMENDING THE RECUSAL LAW, WHO IS GOING TO OVER SEE A CORRUPT CONGRESS?
  • Brooke Jensen
    Brooke Jensen United States, Berkeley
    Dec 09, 2015
    Dec 09, 2015
    Please Judges are supposed to be for "All the People" and impartial anything other than that I consider Judicial Misconduct.
  • Anita Reinhardt
    Anita Reinhardt United States, Shrewsbury
    Nov 14, 2015
    Nov 14, 2015
    Amen, Erika Ochoa. I also am now suffering the affects of a blatant nonrecognition of law by a judge at the summary level. My hope for a reversal at appeal is growing dimmer.
    Ernesto A. THIS IS because as my Marine friend says, "they're all in bed together." I hate this expression but it's probably true. Right now I'm trying to secure an attorney for my appeal and it isn't easy. I go to see their pictures, even the ones who claim to protect your constitutional rights, but in their eyes I see secret defenders of the state. They claim to have a good relationship with judges and even law enforcement, like that's a good thing. And should I pay them to pretend to defend me??? I have no choice. My trial judge would not look me in the eyes from the time she rendered her unlawful decision against me to her exit out of the room. Can you guess what state or nonstate I live in? (See, I've given you a clue).
    BTW, Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16
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    Arthur Lowery Jr United States
    1 month ago
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    Seneca Hollenbaugh Ireland
    4 months ago
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    DIANA United States
    5 months ago
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    Brooke Jensen United States
    6 months ago
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    James Brian Peterson United States
    6 months ago
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    Anita Reinhardt United States
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    John Amaral United States
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    Bob Hurt United States
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    Kirito United States
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    Stephanie Malouff` United States
    11 months ago
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    Clara Abbas United States
    12 months ago
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    CathyBryant
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    L Kellermann
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    Matthew Name United States
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    Maryland Family Law Reform
    1 year ago
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