CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2000
In a relatively small and close-knit county like Ventura, the danger that personal relationships could bias the decisions of public officials is greater than it might be in a larger, less personal place. That's why it is especially important for those officials to go out of their way to avoid situations that could be perceived as conflicts of interest. We applaud presiding Judge Charles W. Campbell Jr.
December 15, 2007 |
The head of the Federal Trade Commission said Friday that she wouldn't remove herself from an antitrust review of Google Inc.'s purchase of online advertising company DoubleClick Inc., rebuffing requests from privacy groups opposed to the transaction. Deborah Platt Majoras, chairwoman of the FTC, said she had reviewed a petition from the groups with the agency's ethics official and other staff and determined that "the relevant laws and rules . . . neither require nor support recusal."
January 3, 2012
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has addressed complaints that a member of the Supreme Court has the last word when it comes to deciding whether to participate in cases in which his impartiality is questioned. Roberts' response: Things are fine as they are. In his end-of-the-year report on the federal judiciary, Roberts insists that the justices abide by the Code of Judicial Conduct, which requires judges to be impartial, even though it doesn't formally apply to the Supreme Court.
July 8, 2005 |
An Army judge at Ft. Hood refused to step aside for Pfc. Lynndie England's trial on charges of abusing prisoners in Iraq, saying he was not to blame for her botched guilty plea. Col. James Pohl rejected an argument by the defense that he asked inappropriate questions of a witness, Pvt. Charles A. Graner Jr., the reputed abuse ringleader.
March 2, 2004 |
The Supreme Court said it referred to Justice Antonin Scalia a request that he remove himself from a case about Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force because their recent duck-hunting trip raised questions about his impartiality. The Sierra Club environmental group filed a motion last week asking that Scalia disqualify himself from the case because the January trip had created "an appearance of impropriety."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2005 |
An Orange County judge married to a senior prosecutor recused himself Thursday from the case of former Assistant Sheriff George Jaramillo, who has pleaded not guilty to bribery and obstruction of justice. Superior Court Judge Frank F. Fasel will hear the case rather than Judge William R. Froeberg, who is married to Assistant Dist. Atty. Rosanne Froeberg. Jaramillo's lawyers requested the recusal, saying the Froebergs' relationship could raise questions about the judge's fairness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1997 |
A Superior Court judge will review a motion to remove Orange County Dist. Atty. Michael R. Capizzi from prosecuting the campaign fraud case against Assemblyman Scott Baugh (R-Huntington Beach). Judge Daniel J. Didier ruled there was enough merit to defense arguments to reconsider a recusal motion, according to May 1 court documents. A hearing is scheduled for July 18. Didier's decision follows a defense appeal of a Municipal Court judge's ruling in April to deny the recusal motion.
August 6, 2002 |
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Harvey L. Pitt's one-year pledge to sit out votes on cases involving former clients has expired, leaving him free to act on all issues before the agency. The former securities lawyer, who was sworn in as SEC chairman a year ago last Saturday, said he will decide whether to participate in agency actions case by case. Those judgments may include whether to vote on possible civil charges against bankrupt energy trader Enron Corp.