The California Supreme Court, relying on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Caperton v. Massey, ruled Thursday that a judge did not violate a defendant's due process rights by overseeing her criminal trial after initially recusing himself. San Diego Superior Court Judge Robert O'Neill had recused himself after the defendant, a lawyer, asked O'Neill to address rumors that she was stalking another judge, a friend of O'Neill. O'Neill took up the case again after the rumors were found to be unsubstantiated.
Judge's About-Face on Recusal Didn't Violate Defendant's Rights, Court Rules
The National Law Journal
January 25, 2010