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James Wynn Judge James Wynn, 2009. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/ ALM

A North Carolina federal trial judge’s sharp commentary about dogfighting, delivered at the time he sentenced five defendants, was “injudicious” and “indecorous” but did not rise to the level requiring the court to step aside for alleged impartiality, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Thursday.

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Mike Scarcella

Mike Scarcella is a senior editor in Washington on ALM Media's regulatory desk. Contact him at mscarcella@alm.com. On Twitter: @MikeScarcella. Mike works on a slate of newsletters: Supreme Court Brief | Higher Law | Compliance Hot Spots | Labor of Law.

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