Recusal - A Hot, New Legal Ethics Topic

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The need for a judge to recuse him or herself was thought to have reached a watershed in Caperton v. Massey (U.S.), 2010, but the decision was narrow, leaving many recusal issues on the table. Here we trace recusal back to Chief Justice John Marshall and forward to current cases where a divorcee lawyer’s recusal requests were found frivolous. Other interesting issues include the question of gender raised as possible grounds for the judge to have exercised recusal in a CA Prop 8 decision, capped by a Libertarian pro tem judge who was summarily fired as a result of improper recusals. Legal and judicial ethics are at the fore in this helpful and interesting analysis of the future of recusal motions.

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William D. Brown, Ph.D.

William D. Brown, Ph.D.

Practice Area:Ethics
Dr. Brown, a clinical psychologist, is one of the nation's leading ethics lecturers. Since 1990, he has trained tens of thousands of attorneys and professionals on their ethical obligations in every facet of law.
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