United States District Court, Northern District of California
ELIZA RETH D. LAPORTE, United States Magistrate Judge
Plaintiff Ronald Satish Emrit filed his complaint and Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (“IFP application”) on December 15, 2014. On January 13, 2015, Plaintiff consented to magistrate judge jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c). On January 8, 2015, this Court ordered Plaintiff to show cause why this action should not be dismissed with prejudice under 28 U.S.C. § 1952(e)(2) and Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for filing a false IFP application by January 16, 2015. (Dkt. 10.) The Court warned Plaintiff that “failure to comply with this order will result in the dismissal of this action with prejudice.” (Id.) On January 20, 2015, Plaintiff filed a motion for recusal and an untimely response to this Court’s order to show cause. As set forth below, the Court DENIES Plaintiff’s motion and dismisses this case with prejudice.
“[I]n the absence of a legitimate reason to recuse h[er]self, ‘a judge should participate in cases assigned.’” United States v. Holland, 519 F.3d 909, 912 (9th Cir. 2008) (quoting Maier v. Orr, 758 F.2d 1578, 1583 (Fed. Cir. 1985)). Recusal is appropriate only where “a reasonable person with knowledge of all the facts would conclude that the judge’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned.” Id. at 913 (quoting Clemens v. U.S. Dist. Ct., 428 F.3d 1175, 1178 (9th Cir. 2005)). Moreover, “[t]he ‘reasonable person’ is not someone who is hypersensitive or unduly suspicious, but rather is a well-informed, thoughtful observer.” Id (internal quotation marks and citation omitted). Here, Plaintiffs motion is largely duplicative of his response to the show cause order and fails to list any legitimate reason that would necessitate recusal. Therefore, Plaintiffs motion is DENIED.
Furthermore, although Plaintiff argues in response to the show cause order that he is “indigent, disabled, and unemployed, ” Plaintiff admits that he “inherited a legacy of approximately $31, 000 in three lump sum payments.” Although Plaintiff argues that he disclosed this inheritance on other IFP applications, this does not absolve Plaintiff of his responsibility to not misrepresent his financial situation in the present case. Indeed, as detailed in the show cause order, the Emrit v. Yahoo, Inc. court dismissed a substantially similar IFP application. See 2014 WL 3841015, at *2 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 4, 2014) (Armstrong, J.). Plaintiff presents no ...