A federal appeals court has been asked to limit the right of judges to do their own research in bench trials, lest they be swayed by facts not before them.

U.S. Magistrate Patty Shwartz in Newark, N.J., no-caused a medical malpractice claim after consulting published and unpublished cases — not cited by the parties — that dwelled on the type of injury the defendant doctor was accused of inflicting.

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