A federal appeals court has refused to remove a trial judge from a transgender woman’s case for his alleged anti-LGBTQ bias.

The panel’s one-page order gave no explanation for its decision in rejecting a writ of mandamus filed by attorney Scott Palmer on behalf of Valerie Jackson. Jackson, a transgender woman, wanted to force U.S. District Judge Brantley Starr of the Northern District of Texas off her case, claiming he was biased against her.

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