Glass v. State of Nebraska et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - Glass's "Motion for Change of Judge and the Appointment of a New Judge with Order for a New Trial that is Impartial and Fair" (Filing No. 210 ), which the court liberally construes as a motion for recusal, is denied. Ordered by Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. (Copy mailed to pro se party)(GJG)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
LEOURIETA B. GLASS,
STATE OF NEBRASKA, et al.,
This matter is before the court on Plaintiff Leourieta Glass’s (“Glass”) “Motion
for Change of Judge and the Appointment of a New Judge with Order for a New Trial
that is Impartial and Fair,” which the court liberally construes as a motion for recusal.
(Filing No. 210.) Statutory disqualification standards for federal judges are set forth
in 28 U.S.C. §§ 144 and 455. Recusal is required if the judge has a personal bias
against a party or in favor of an adverse party, 28 U.S.C. §§ 144, 455(b)(1), or if the
judge’s “impartiality might reasonably be questioned,” 28 U.S.C. § 455(a). Liberally
construed, Glass’s basis for seeking recusal in this matter is that the undersigned
judge previously ordered Glass to pay “excessive fines” in a related case, Campos v.
Barney G. Inc., et al., 8:06CV699 (D. Neb. 2006).1 (Filing No. 210 at CM/ECF p. 1.)
The court has carefully reviewed the record in this matter and in Campos, and
finds that the ground Glass asserts in support of her Motion is inadequate to prompt
the undersigned judge’s disqualification. While Glass is surely dissatisfied with the
court’s decision in Campos, the United States Supreme Court has held that “judicial
rulings alone almost never constitute a valid basis for a bias or partiality
In Campos, the undersigned judge ordered Glass to pay $250,000.00 in
punitive damages to Rigoberto Campos (“Campos”) for violations of the Fair
Housing Acts of 1968 and 1988. Campos was a tenant at a mobile home park owned
by Glass in South Sioux City, Nebraska. (8:06CV699, Filing No. 14.)
motion. . . . Almost invariably, they are proper grounds for appeal, not for recusal.”
Liteky v. United States, 510 U.S. 540, 551 (1994). In addition, “opinions formed by
the judge on the basis of facts introduced or events occurring in the course
of . . . prior proceedings, do not constitute a basis for a bias or partiality motion unless
they display a deep-seated favoritism or antagonism that would make fair judgment
impossible.” Id. Here, Glass has not alleged any facts that would indicate any
display of “a deep-seated favoritism or antagonism.” In short, Glass has not made the
necessary showing in this case. She has not established bias, prejudice, or partiality
in this Motion (Filing No. 210), or in her prior motions for recusal (Filing Nos. 144
and 179), which the court has already considered and rejected.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that: Glass’s “Motion for Change of Judge and
the Appointment of a New Judge with Order for a New Trial that is Impartial and
Fair” (Filing No. 210), which the court liberally construes as a motion for recusal, is
DATED this 3rd day of May, 2012.
BY THE COURT:
s/ Joseph F. Bataillon
United States District Judge
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