UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
March 8, 2013
RONALD E. PIERCE,
STEPHEN KANE, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
ORDER TRANSFERRING VENUE TO THE SACRAMENTO DIVISION OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
On February 5, 2013, Plaintiff Ronald E. Pierce filed a complaint against various defendants, including judges of the Fifth District Court of Appeal for the State of California.
"Any justice, judge or magistrate judge of the United States shall disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned." 28 U.S.C. § 455(a). Because the judges of the Fresno Division of the Eastern District of California maintain personal and professional relationships with local state court judges, including the judges of the Fifth District Court of Appeal for the State of California, the judges of the Fresno Division must recuse themselves from this case to avoid any appearance of such partiality.
Accordingly, the Court hereby ORDERS this case TRANSFERRED to the Sacramento Division of the Eastern District of California.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
SENIOR DISTRICT JUDGE
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