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verb[WITH OBJECT]North American
1 Challenge (a judge or juror) as unqualified to perform legal duties because of a potential conflict of interest or lack of impartiality:‘he was recused when he referred to the corporation as ‘a bunch of villains’’
- ‘Ashcroft couldn't transfer the case to the U.S. attorney in New Jersey because the prosecutors there asked to be recused from the case.’
- ‘The justices said in a brief order, ‘In accordance with its historic practice, the court refers the motion to recuse in this case to Justice Scalia.’’
- ‘Justices would be recused by a vote of the Court, with individual members opting to vote for recusal based on their desired outcome in the case.’
- ‘And that leaves you really with either asking the judge to recuse the D.A. or asking for a curative instruction every time this happens.’
- ‘She is the one who asked to recuse the Los Angeles court.’
- ‘Next, a judge from Jackson County, Tracy Klinginsmith, recused all the prosecutors in Tomasic office - after all, their boss had been directly targeted by the defendants, and was himself recused.’
- ‘A notice enclosed with the copy of yesterday's Third Circuit ruling that the court sent to me by mail indicates that a majority of the Third Circuit's active judges is recused from the case.’
- ‘I have increasingly seen cases in which applications to recuse a judge have been made in circumstances where three or four years ago no one would have dreamt of it.’
- ‘The second-year judge that was scheduled to handle the case was not being recused from the case.’
- ‘But I don't see how either of those substantive views I hold counts as a basis for recusing Justice Scalia.’
- ‘One of the plaintiffs in that litigation, the conservationist Sierra Club, has filed a motion to recuse Scalia from further participation in the case.’
- ‘If the Judge is indeed recused from death penalty cases, this will make the average Ninth Circuit death penalty case more anti-death-penalty.’
- ‘In this case, he ruled from the bench, saying that the defense's motion to recuse Mr. Sneddon and his office from this case held no merit.’
- ‘How is the question - to recuse or not to recuse - made any more relevant by the fact that they hunted together again this year?’
- ‘Number two, he's very bombastic in his motion papers, saying the prosecutors should be recused or the prosecutor should be substituted or thrown off the case.’
- 1.1recuse oneself (of a judge) excuse oneself from a case because of a potential conflict of interest or lack of impartiality:‘it was the right of counsel to ask a judge to recuse himself from continuing to hear a case because of bias’
- ‘And the way the law works if there's any appearance of partiality, the judge is obligated to recuse himself, and he did.’
- ‘Mr Justice Newman had concluded that the District Judge should have recused himself and that the Defendant should have recognised the strength and gravity of the impact of this.’
- ‘I also pointed out at the time that the judge had recused herself, which was, of course, the cause of the comment.’
- ‘Under existing law, such an allegation required the judge to recuse himself.’
- ‘The Plame investigation took a quantum leap in December 2003, when Attorney General John Ashcroft recused himself.’
- ‘In this regard, my friend Craig Harrison tells me that three judges have recused themselves.’
- ‘Under the law, there is a provision whereby judges can recuse themselves - that is, stand aside on the grounds of apparent bias.’
- ‘Three judges had recused themselves, and rehearing the case would require the support of a majority of the remaining 23.’
- ‘The judge will not be recusing himself in this case, and I really don't think that that was something that the defense team wanted.’
- ‘And of course, during those long periods of eight Justices, one recusing him or herself eliminates the possibility of a tie, so recusal doesn't always result in judicial gridlock.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘reject’, specifically ‘object to a judge as prejudiced’): from Latin recusare to refuse, from re- (expressing opposition) + causa a cause. The current sense dates from the early 19th century.
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