The federal judiciary is pushing back against members of the U.S. House who are considering revisions to the recusal process for judges. Lawmakers aired their grievances with the current system at a hearing last week, listing at least four instances in which they said judges may have acted improperly. One idea that piqued lawmakers' interest is a system of automatic recusal, in which each side of a case would get one opportunity to disqualify a judge for any reason, usually at the start of litigation.
Federal Judges Push Back Against Recusal Proposals
The National Law Journal
December 14, 2009