With judicial morale sagging since the New York state Legislature failed to enact a pay increase, some judges have begun to recuse themselves from cases handled by legislators or members of their firms. The extent of the recusals is still uncertain, but, in the meantime, an Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics is telling judges that basing recusals on the pay raise dispute would "erode public confidence in the integrity, impartiality and independence of the judiciary."
N.Y. Judges Advised Not to Link Recusals to Pay Dispute
New York Law Journal
March 9, 2007