A judge who in a prior proceeding called a man “scum” and a “predator” had no cause to disqualify himself for bias in a subsequent matter because he did not recall making the insults, an appellate panel has found.

The Appellate Division, 3rd Department, said the record clearly reflects that when Thomas C. Wallis came before Madison County, N.Y., Judge Biagio DiStefano in 1999 on rape and related charges, the judge had no recollection of berating the man during a prior Family Court proceeding.

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