Liggett v. Hastings et al

Filing 12

ORDER OF RECUSAL. Magistrate Boland recused. Clerk to assign another magistrate judge by random draw by Magistrate Judge Boyd N. Boland on 05/26/2009. (sah, )

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Magistrate Judge Boyd N. Boland Civil Action No. 09-cv-01142-CMA-BNB CURTIS LIGGETT, Plaintiff, v. OFFICER JOHN HASTINGS, individually and as a Police officer of the City of Lone Tree, Colorado, STEPHEN P. HASLER, individually and as Chief of Police of the City of Lone Tree, DAVID BROWN, individually and as Commander, Lone Tree, Colorado Police Department, and THE CITY OF LONE TREE, COLORADO, a municipal corporation, Defendants. ______________________________________________________________________________ ORDER OF RECUSAL ______________________________________________________________________________ Section 455, 28 U.S.C., requires that a judge must disqualify or recuse himself where "his impartiality might reasonably be questioned." The provision is self-enforcing on the part of the judge. United States v. Gigax, 605 F.2d 507, 511 (10th Cir. 1979). "In determining whether a judge should recuse under 455(a), the issue is not whether the judge is impartial in fact, but rather, whether a reasonable man might question his impartiality under all circumstances." Id.; Webbe v. McGhie Land Title Co., 549 F.2d 1358, 1361 (10th Cir. 1977). Circumstances have arisen upon which my impartiality in this case might reasonably be questioned. Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that I hereby recuse myself from further service in this case. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court is directed to cause this case to be reassigned by random draw to another magistrate judge. Dated May 26, 2009. BY THE COURT: s/ Boyd N. Boland United States Magistrate Judge

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