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Sep 8, 2023

Alito rejects Democrats’ call for recusal in case

WASHINGTON — Justice Samuel Alito on Friday rejected demands from Senate Democrats that he step aside from an upcoming Supreme Court case because of his interactions with one of the lawyers, in a fresh demonstration of tensions over ethical issues. Alito attached an unusual statement to an otherwise routine list of orders from the court. […]

Jan 13, 2022

Recusals sought as remapping case moves to NC Supreme Court

RALEIGH (AP) — The legal fight over North Carolina’s redistricting plans shifted quickly to the state Supreme Court the day after trial judges refused to throw out the new maps. By Wednesday, nearly half of the justices had been asked by lawyers to stay out of upcoming deliberations because of alleged conflicts. Plaintiffs in the […]

Apr 5, 2018

Recuse you!

  When Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis determined that there was a conflict of interest between the state and defendant Jeffrey Smith, a Town of Dublin commissioner facing multiple charges related to gaming machines, she went full Oprah on the local district attorney’s office. You get a recusal! You get a recusal! Everybody […]

Aug 10, 2017

Criminal Practice – No Recusal for Judge’s Stock Ownership

U.S. v. Stone (Lawyers Weekly No. 001-166-17, 19 pp.) (Agee, J.) No. 15-4510, Aug. 2, 2017; USDC at Alexandria, Va. (Hilton, J.) 4th Cir. Holding: A defendant cannot overturn her fraud convictions for orchestrating a scheme to defraud mortgage companies by claiming the trial judge erred in refusing to recuse himself because he owned stock […]

Feb 18, 2014

Judge recuses himself from motel death case

A North Carolina judge has removed himself from the trial of a Boone motel operator accused in the deaths of three people who stayed in a room where carbon monoxide seeped into the room.

Nov 8, 2013

Justices dismiss redistricting recusal motion

The North Carolina Supreme Court has again declined to force a colleague to recuse himself from upcoming redistricting arguments because of spending by groups supporting his re-election campaign last year.

Jul 18, 2013

Justice Alito’s finances explain his recusals

Justice Samuel Alito bowed out of roughly six dozen matters that came before the Supreme Court in the past 10 months with no explanation. Alito's latest report of his finances clears up the mystery.

Jun 28, 2011

Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Custody & Visitation – Judges — Recusal

Howe v. Howe Even though, after the trial judge ruled on the parties’ custody motions, the transcriptionist recorded the judge’s comment to the bailiff that the plaintiff-father was “creepy”, this was an impression the judge developed during the hearing; moreover, the judge awarded the father visitation consistent with the parties’ previous practice. The trial judge did not abus[...]

May 19, 2011

Judges – Recusal – Personal bias – Sanctions

Harrington v. Wall A motion for judicial recusal, filed by the defendant in a child support case, was properly denied for lack of any substantial showing of personal bias, prejudice or interest on the part of the judge.

Jul 16, 2010

Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Custody – Judges – Recusal – Civil Practice – Venue

Cordell v. Doyle. (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-16-0638, 21 pp.) (Rick Elmore, J.) Appealed from Buncombe County District Court. (Marvin P. Pope Jr., J.) N.C. App. Unpub. Holding: The parties presented conflicting evidence concerning their communications – and the lack thereof – regarding travel between the defendant-mother’s New Jersey home and the plaintiff-father’s N.C. home. C[...]

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