The judge who blocked the Obama administration's moratorium on deep-water oil drilling has an image as a stern jurist, but he has sparked little controversy over the years. With a reversal record since 2000 that is the second-lowest among judges of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Martin Feldman has navigated his position without much drama -- until now. As news broke of his ruling, it emerged that he held as much as $15,000 in stock in the company that owned the drilling rig in the BP disaster.
Oil Drilling Moratorium Judge Described as Fair, 'Terrifying'
The National Law Journal
June 24, 2010