Ben v. United States of America et al
ORDER - The court hereby respectfully requests that the Chief Judge of the Second Circuit designate and assign temporarily a district judge from the Western District of New York to preside over this matter until its conclusion pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 292(b). Signed by Chief Judge Gary L. Sharpe on 4/9/2014. (jel, )
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
SHEILA K. BEN, ESQ., as
Court Appointed Guardian of
the Property of JANE DOE,
(an infant proceeding under
an assumed name), an Infant
under the Age of 14,
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Plaintiff Sheila K. Ben, Esq., as court appointed guardian of the
property of Jane Doe, (an infant proceeding under an assumed name), an
infant under the age of fourteen, commenced the instant action against the
United States of America, the Federal Probation Office of the Syracuse
Office of the Northern District of New York, chief probation officer Matthew
Brown, probation officer Steven Acquilano, probation officer Lori Albright,
probation officer Ellen Phillips, and Mary and/or John Roes pursuant to the
Federal Tort Claims Act,1 arising out of certain events that transpired on
and around March 14, 2013.
The United States Probation Office is “established pursuant to the
direction of Congress as an arm of the United Sates District Court. [I]t is
reasonable to view the United States Probation Office itself as a legally
constituted arm of the judicial branch.” United States v. Reyes, 283 F.3d
446, 455 (2d Cir. 2002) (internal quotation marks and citations omitted).
Probation officers act as “confidential advis[ors] to the court . . . ‘with
loyalties to no one but the court.’” Id. (quoting Sharon M. Bunzel, The
Probation Officer and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines: Strange
Philosophical Bedfellows, 104 Yale L.J. 933, 945 (1995)).
Because of the close relationship between the judges of the Northern
District of New York and the Northern District of New York Probation
Office, recusal of all judges within the District is warranted. Accordingly,
the court hereby respectfully requests that the Chief Judge of the Second
Circuit designate and assign temporarily a district judge from the Western
District of New York to preside over this matter until its conclusion pursuant
to 28 U.S.C. § 292(b). The Clerk is directed to transmit a copy of this
See 28 U.S.C. §§ 1346(b), 2671-2680.
Order to the Clerk of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second
IT IS SO ORDERED.
April 9, 2014
Albany, New York
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