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Perhaps the Supreme Court has heard enough about recusals of late. Monday, the Court showed no interest in cases involving judges pressured to step aside. With its usual lack of comment, the Court denied cert to a California case in which Humboldt County attorneys wanted U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker reinstated to a lawsuit by anti-logging protesters. Walker had been bumped off the case for bias by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals … The Supreme Court also took a pass on a pair of petitions from families and survivors of the siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Texas. The petitioners complained that U.S. District Judge Walter Smith had refused to recuse himself. The judge showed bias, they claimed, when he referred to part of the Davidians’ case as “bullcrap” … Up to $100 million will be at stake when the high court considers whether the U.S. government upheld its contractual obligations to fund tribal health care. The Court granted cert Monday to a combined case addressing the question, on which lower courts have split … Tenured judges in New Jersey will soon learn what attorneys really think of them. The state that pioneered internal judicial evaluations now plans to extend its program to jurists who have served long years on the bench … Harvard Law School is staging a witch hunt. Next month, a law student cast will perform Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.” This time, the production won’t play up the usual parallels between Salem and the McCarthy era. Instead, professor Bruce L. Hay is presenting the drama as a “parable of racial injustice,” as a community turns to panic when a black woman teaches two white girls to dance. The play was written just a year before Brown v. Board of Education, he notes. – Lori Patel

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