Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Appeals Panel Hears Arguments On Judge

NJ.com

Howard Bashman describes his attendance at this proceeding here. It involved a mandamus hearing in an asbestos case.

A good number of recusal motions come from asbestos cases, both because of their length (they can run for a decade or more) and the need for judges to inform themselves through outside consultation. I wrote a bit on the plight of Third Circuit District Judge James McGirr Kelly in a paper you can read here. Apparently, he "forgot" that he was the guest of honor in an asbestos conference funded by one of the parties to an asbestos case before him. He even approved the release of funds for the conference.

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