Groups Seek Judge's Removal In Drilling-Moratorium Case
Professor Deborah Rhode is quoted in the Wall Street Journal on the speculations of U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman’s impartiality in the BP oil spill case due to his investments in oil and gas companies:
Citing alleged financial conflicts, environmental groups on Friday asked U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman to suspend his recent decision to block the Obama's administration six-month ban on deepwater drilling.
In a filing with the U.S. District Court, the groups said Judge Feldman's investments in oil and gas drilling companies raise questions about his impartiality in the case and they asked him to recuse himself.
The groups' request follows the release of Judge Feldman's 2009 financial holdings, which showed the judge had owned stock in Exxon Mobil Corp. (in the days leading up to his June 22 ruling.
"I doubt a recusal motion would survive under those circumstances," said Deborah Rhode, a law professor at Stanford Law School and director of the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession.