IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
September 15, 2009
RODNEY CRITTENDEN, PLAINTIFF,
HOMEQ SERVICING; BARCLAYS BANK, PLC, EQUIFIRST CORPORATION, AND DOES 1 THROUGH 100, INCLUSIVE, DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Anthony W. Ishii Chief United States District Judge
ORDER VACATING OCTOBER 5, 2009, HEARING DATE AND DIRECTING THE CLERK OF THE COURT TO RANDOMLY REASSIGN THIS ACTION TO ANOTHER DISTRICT COURT JUDGE
Currently pending before the Court is a Rule 12(b)(6) motion that is set for hearing on October 5, 2009.
Under 28 U.S.C. § 455, a judge has an affirmative duty to recuse himself "in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned." Liteky v. United States, 510 U.S. 540, 548 (1994). If "a reasonable person with knowledge of all the facts would conclude that the judge's impartiality might reasonably be questioned," then recusal is appropriate. See United States v. Hernandez, 109 F.3d 1450, 1453 (9th Cir. 1997); United States v. Studley, 783 F.2d 934, 939 (9th Cir. 1986). In light of this standard, the undersigned believes that recusal and reassignment is necessary.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. The October 5, 2009, hearing is VACATED;
2. The Clerk of the Court is DIRECTED to randomly reassign this action to another District Court Judge; and
3. The parties shall re-notice the motion to dismiss with the randomly assigned District Judge.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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