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

Carl Bernofsky
Carl Bernofsky 34 Comments
969 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.

For background to this petition, see this video.

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  • ally jane
    ally jane United States, New York
    Oct 03, 2017
    Oct 03, 2017
    Lack of Judicial Oversight over their appointees & no oversight over the Judges makes it ripe for Exploitation of the Elderly, attys funding Judicial campaigns, Wards Estates looted , Family members banned and disinherited lying to Judge to generate fees. Senators and Governors are too busy with everything but taking care of the Seniors who built their cities off the sweat of their backs. Remove them!
  • Nancy L Hart
    Nancy L Hart United States, New York
    Sep 29, 2017
    Sep 29, 2017
    Judges should be held in Contempt and Sanctioned as every other person who violates Judidical Performance Duties or any other laws per their Industry and Civil Laws.
  • Talakkottur R DAVID
    Talakkottur R DAVID India, Palakkad
    May 27, 2017
    May 27, 2017
    I one hundred % support Dr. Carl Bernofsky. I was involved in an identical situation where the Judge was meeting the opposite counsel at her home and at his home and refused to recuse only when the US Supreme ordered for his recusal and resignation. See DAVID VS AT&T PART 7 for full details.
  • josh hallock
    josh hallock United States, Buna
    May 15, 2017
    May 15, 2017
    I am having same issues with a judge here in Jefferson co bmt tx
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