BP has asked that all lawsuits filed as a result of the Deepwater Horizon spill be handled by a specific judge. Isn't that amazing.
I recall requesting a specific judge when I sued the federal government when Ronald Reagan was President. My request was denied.
It is amazing that BP can ask for a specific judge, while Republicans and the media are reporting that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan may have to recuse herself from certain cases. It seems as though judges who support a Republican Party cause are permitted to have connections to the case, but if it seems a judge has a connection to a Democratic Party cause, that judge must recuse himself or herself. A double standard.
On Tuesday, June 22,2010, federal judge Martin Feldman of the U.S. District Court in New Orleans, struck down president Obama's six-month ban on new deep-water drilling.
According to Feldman's 2008 financial disclosures, he held up to $15,000 in Transocean, the owner of the oil rig that poured millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Isn't it amazing. A judge that may have a conflict of interest in a case, does not have to recuse himself/herself if the case involves a Republican Party cause.
On the other hand, if a judge had a prior involvement with a case, and the case involves a Democratic Party cause, then the judge is requested to recuse himself/herself.
A double standard!
August 2, 2010