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Prof. James Sample Quoted in SF Chronicle on Recusal Calls Kavanaugh May Face if Confirmed

James Sample , Professor of Law

Kavanaugh Could Face Pressure to Recuse From Cases on the Supreme Court
By Bob Egelko
San Francisco Chronicle
Oct. 4, 2018

Excerpt:
The law requires federal judges to recuse themselves from any case in which their “impartiality might reasonably be questioned.” Questions about Kavanaugh’s impartiality proliferated last week after his blistering testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which had just heard Christine Blasey Ford, a Palo Alto psychology professor, accuse him of trying to rape her as a teenager in 1982. …

On the eve of Friday’s vote, Kavanaugh tried to fend off concerns that he is not suited for the job. He wrote in a column in the Wall Street Journal that he “might have been too emotional at times” in his testimony. If confirmed, he said, he would “keep an open mind in every case.” …

“It’s very difficult to believe, after (his Judiciary Committee testimony), that Judge Kavanaugh would be able to rule in a way that’s totally impartial and divorced from the depths of anger and resentment he expressed toward the left,” said Hofstra’s [James] Sample.

Read the full article on the San Francisco Chronicle website.

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