United States of America v. Travalino
ORDER DENYING 83 Motion to Disqualify Judge Signed by Judge David B. Fannin. (jl)
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, EX
MICHAEL MARC TRAVALINO,
aka “MARK WHITE EAGLE”,
BEFORE THE COURT is the Motion for Disqualification of Judge David B. Fannin with
Cause (hereafter, “Motion for Disqualification of Judge Fannin”) filed on July 22, 2022, by pro se
Defendant Michael Marc Travalino (“Defendant”). (Doc. 83). Defendant moves for disqualification
of Magistrate Judge David Fannin under 28 U.S.C. § 455. Id. at 1.
Title 28, United States Code, § 455(a) provides that any judge “shall disqualify himself in
any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.” 28 U.S.C. § 455(a).
Additionally, it mandates disqualification in cases where the judge “has a personal bias or prejudice
concerning a party, or personal knowledge of disputed evidentiary facts concerning the proceeding.”
28 U.S.C. § 455(b). “Section 455 establishes an objective test such that ‘disqualification should
follow if the reasonable man, were he to know all the circumstances, would harbor doubts about the
judge’s impartiality.’” United States v. Watson, No. A-07-CA-835-SS, 2008 WL 11416963, at *1
(W.D. Tex. Mar. 7, 2008) (quoting Potashnick v. Port City Constr. Co., 609 F.2d 1101, 1111 (5th
Here, Defendant does not state why a “reasonable man” would “harbor doubts” about Judge
Fannin’s impartiality. (See Doc. 83). Defendant claims Judge Fannin has “fail[ed] to have the
mandatory credentials to meet” criteria under the anti-bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt
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Practices Act of 1977, 15 U.S.C. § 78dd-1, et seq. (Doc. 83 at 2–3). However, Defendant does not
link the provision of “mandatory credentials” to any bias, prejudice, or other reason to question the
impartiality of Judge Fannin. (See id.). As District Judge David Counts already observed, “[n]either
has Defendant shown that [Judge Fannin] has a personal bias or prejudice concerning Defendant.”
(Doc. 95 at 1 n.1). The Court finds no reason to do so now.
For these reasons, the Court DENIES Defendant’s Motion for Disquailfication of Judge
Fannin. (Doc. 83).
It is so ORDERED.
SIGNED this 2nd day of August, 2022.
DAVID B. FANNIN
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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