Link v. State of California et al

Filing 22

ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR DISQUALIFICATION. Signed by Judge Maxine M. Chesney on June 18, 2009. (mmclc1, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 6/18/2009)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 The Court is in receipt of plaintiff's "Motion for Disqualification of Maxine M. Chesney, US Dist. Judge for Personal Bias & Prejudice Against Plaintiff Under US Code Title 28, Sec. 144 and 455," filed June 11, 2009. Having read and considered the motion, the Court rules as follows. First, having reviewed the matter, the Court finds no basis exists for recusal pursuant to 455. Second, plaintiff's conclusory affidavit submitted in support of his request for recusal under 144 (see Affidavit 7) is insufficient as a matter of law, in that it is based in part on speculation and in part on a judicial ruling. See Grimes v. United States., 396 F.2d 331, 333 (9th Cir. 1968) (holding district court properly denied motion under 144 where movant's affidavit lacked "[d]etail of definite time and place and character"; stating such "detail" is "absolute necessity" to support motion under 144); United States v. Sibla, 624 F.2d 864, 868 (9th Cir. 1980) (finding "legally insufficient" v. JERRY BROWN, et al., Defendants / GUSTAVE LINK, Plaintiff, No. C-09-1912 MMC ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR DISQUALIFICATION United States District Court IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 affidavit in support of motion under 144, where affidavit was "devoid of specific fact allegations tending to show personal bias stemming from an extrajudicial source"). Moreover, to the extent it is premised on such ruling the alleged refusal to grant plaintiff's motion for an extension of time to file opposition to defendants' motions to dismiss the instant motion is not only legally deficient, see id. (holding bias must stem from "extrajudicial source"), the motion is factually incorrect, as the Court granted plaintiff's motion for an extension of time before the instant motion for disqualification was filed. (See Document No. 19.) Accordingly, the motion is hereby DENIED. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: June 18, 2009 MAXINE M. CHESNEY United States District Judge 2

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