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."

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  • 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.

  • Ann Marie Rohan Cassidy Although God allows good and evil to exist side by side he has promised that on judgment day only the good will still be standing!
    God Bless This Petition

  • gerald clements she should be disbared

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  • 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: