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Should Judge Feldman Be Impeached


Should Judge Feldman Be Impeached?
Controversial decision to block deep water drilling moratorium marred by conflict-of-interest
By Brad Friedman | Brad Blog

U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman, a 1983 Reagan appointee to the federal bench, issued what, on its face, would have to be regarded as an astounding decision [PDF] in which he blocked a six month moratorium on deep water off shore drilling, ruling that the Department of the Interior had erroneously assumed that because one rig failed, there was an imminent danger of others failing as well.

A perplexed Justice Department promptly announced that it intends to seek an immediate stay of Judge Feldman's preliminary injunction pending an appeal.

Setting aside what appears to be an inappropriate judicial intrusion by a Federalist Society-connected jurist into the prerogatives of the Executive branch in protecting public health, safety and the environment, setting aside the misguided notion that the burden rests with the government rather than the oil companies when it comes to demonstrating whether deep water drilling procedures are safe, Judge Feldman's decision --- and his failure to recuse himself despite conflict-of-interest concerns --- raises a significant question as to whether he should be impeached... Read more.

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I'm not a legal expert and am not sure to be right about the prosecution part, but what he's done strikes me as being a criminal offence. If it is, then he deserves prosecution. I think it would minimally be criminal negligence, in addition to conflict of interest; and the latter possibly could be justly considered racketeering, or something like that.

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