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W.Va. Judges Asked To Recuse In Massey Coal Case

Publication Date: 
February 08, 2008
National Public Radio
Michele Norris

Professor Deborah L. Rhode commented in NPR's All Things Considered about West Virginia judges who have declined to recuse themselves from a case where there might be a conflict:

Professor DEBORAH RHODE (Professor of Law, Stanford University): This is textbook 101 of judicial ethics. And, you know, what not to do and how not to structure (unintelligible).

SALE: Rhode says it's not just the judge in the pictures who should step down but also the judge who benefited from Blankenship's major campaign spending and the judge who's probably criticized Blankenship because their impartiality could reasonably be questioned.

Prof. RHODE: So you're down to two justices who want to be hearing the case. And, you know, that's not a happy situation for anyone.