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

950 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 who nevertheless presided over a series of lawsuits against that 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.

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Thank you for supporting this effort to help eliminate the judicial bias that arises from conflict of interest issues.
  • Denis Rancourt
    Denis Rancourt Canada, Ottawa
    Aug 22, 2016
    Aug 22, 2016
    I was a victim of such egregious problems in Canada. The judge had funded a named scholarship fund at the university that intervened in a case against me funded by the university. I sought recusal of the judge all the way to Canada's supreme court.
  • Kay Clark
    Kay Clark United States, Saint Joseph
    Aug 22, 2016
    Aug 22, 2016
    Today more than ever we need "equal justice under law".
  • 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?
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  • 6 days ago
    Alicia Payne United States
    6 days ago
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    Aziz Goksel United States
    6 days ago
  • 6 days ago
    Denis Rancourt Canada
    6 days ago
  • 6 days ago
    Kay Clark United States
    6 days ago
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    Fernando Macias United States
    6 days ago
  • 3 weeks ago
    karen United States
    3 weeks ago
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    Arthur Lowery Jr United States
    4 months ago
  • 7 months ago
    Seneca Hollenbaugh Ireland
    7 months ago
  • 8 months ago
    DIANA United States
    8 months ago
  • 9 months ago
    Brooke Jensen United States
    9 months ago
  • 9 months ago
    James Brian Peterson United States
    9 months ago
  • 9 months ago
    Anita Reinhardt United States
    9 months ago
  • 10 months ago
    John Amaral United States
    10 months ago
  • 11 months ago
    Bob Hurt United States
    11 months ago
  • 12 months ago
    Kirito United States
    12 months ago
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