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United States of America v. Stanley Dan Reczko Iii

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


May 3, 2012

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PLAINTIFF,
v.
STANLEY DAN RECZKO III, DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Dean D. Pregerson United States District Judge

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ORDER DENYING DEFENDANT'S MOTION TO RECUSE JUDGE KING [Dkt. No. 385]

This matter comes before the court on defendant Stanley Dan Reczko III's Motion to Disqualify, which seeks to disqualify Judge King under 28 U.S.C. § 144.*fn1 Having reviewed Defendant's submission, the court DENIES the motion and adopts the following order.

As described in the court's order denying Defendant's previously filed motion to recuse Judge King (Dkt. No. 364), the Ninth Circuit has articulated the standard for disqualification under 28 U.S.C. § 455 as follows:

The test under § 455(a) is whether a reasonable person with knowledge of all the facts would conclude that the judge's impartiality might reasonably be questioned. Typically, a judge's partiality must be shown to be based on information from extra-judicial sources, although sometimes, albeit rarely, predispositions developed during the course of a trial will suffice. In the instance where the partiality develops during the course of the proceedings, it can be the basis of recusal only when the judge displays a deep-seated and unequivocal antagonism that would render fair judgment impossible.

F.J. Hanshaw Enters., Inc. v. Emerald River Dev., Inc., 244 F.3d 1128, 1144-45 (9th Cir. 2001) (internal quotations and citations omitted).

Defendant asserts that the timing of his submissions has been manipulated by court staff to fit Judge King and court staff's personal agendas. (Mot. at 1.) Defendant appears to suggest that members of Judge King's staff deliberately delayed filing one of Defendant's earlier motions, a Supplemental Motion to Disqualify Judge (Dkt. No. 366), on the docket. (Affidavit of Stanley Dan Reczko, III at 2.) That motion, which Defendant submitted by mail, was received and processed by the court's mail facility. As requested by Defendant, the motion was ultimately referred not to Judge King's staff, but rather to Judge Pregerson's staff, who entered the motion on the docket upon receipt. (See Supplemental Motion to Disqualify at 1; Dkt. No. 366). Thus, Defendant has not shown that any action by Judge King or his staff reveals a "deep-seated and unequivocal antagonism" toward Plaintiff "that would render fair judgment impossible." F.J. Hanshaw Enters., 244 F.3d at 1144-45. Accordingly, the Motion for Disqualification is DENIED.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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