Key Judge in Lousiana Fails to Recuse Himself—Should He be Impeached?

Key  Judge in Lousiana Fails to Recuse Himself—Should He be Impeached?

By Kevin Stoda

According to Democracy Now and other national media, the judge who stopped the Obama’s Administration’s 6-month moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico this week likely should have had to recuse himself before taking part in the case.

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now stated, “A federal judge has rejected the latest attempt by the Obama administration to continue its six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The White House imposed the ban last month as the BP oil spill spiraled into what many have called the worst environmental disaster in US history. On Thursday, US District Judge Martin Feldman refused to stay his June 22 order lifting the moratorium. A Reagan appointee, Feldman has extensive stock holdings in energy companies, including Transocean, which owned the Deepwater Horizon oil rig where the explosion occurred, and Halliburton, which also performed work at the site. Feldman also owns stock in two of BP’s largest shareholders, BlackRock and JPMorgan Chase.”

The controversial injunction by Judge Felman can be read at this link.

Even FOX News has noted, “U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman financial disclosure report shows he still owns eight energy-related investments including stock in Exxon Mobil Corp. In last year’s disclosure report, Feldman owned up to 16 energy-related investments. His new report was released Friday.  Among the assets sold was stock in Transocean, the Switzerland-based company that owned the drilling rig operated by BP that is now spewing oil into the Gulf .”

The controversial decision made by Feldman benefited Transocean and many other oil dependent firms—even as America continues to face the consequences of the worst man-made economic and environmental disaster in its entire history.


I think that any judge with a scrap of decency would have recused himself from such a case.  Since he did not, Judge Feldman should be impeached.

This Judge Feldman may have been correct in his decision, but he was not the judge who should have made such an injunction—his hands and bank account are bloodied by present and past oil investments.

About eslkevin

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1 Response to Key Judge in Lousiana Fails to Recuse Himself—Should He be Impeached?

  1. eslkevin says:


    Jindal’s Self-Righteous Indignation

    Last year, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) — a rising star in the GOP and potential nominee for the presidency in 2012 — gave a widely mocked rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union address, prompting many pundits to conclude that his national political career was over before it began. But, taking a cue from
    Rudy Giuliani’sexploitation of the 9/11 attacks while mayor of New York City, Jindal saw a chance rebuild his political capital by using the Gulf oil spill. He sprang into action with press conferences and helicopter rides
    to show he’s a take-charge leader. The governor quickly became Obama
    and the federal government’s chief critic, relentlessly attacking their
    allegedly slow response to the spill and lambasting the “red tape and
    preventing him from getting the job done. Jindal’s theatrical
    deployment of these trappings of leadership has been largely rewarded
    by favorable press coverage,
    reigniting speculation of a 2012 run. But new revelations and a close
    inspection of the facts suggest that Jindal’s sound and fury is little
    more than political grandstanding for the Fox News set, and it serves
    to obscure Jindal’s own serious failings in the spill response effort.
    While Jindal has been relentless in attacking the federal government
    fordragging its feet, he has delayed the deployment of National Guard
    troops, led a crusade to build artificial sand berms that most experts
    say won’t work, and confused the planning of the spill response.
    Moreover,experts said his “antagonism could actually slow down that
    response.” “When that stuff happens, you actuallytake away the abilityof
    the unified command to get their job done,” said former Coast Guard
    official Doug Lentsch, who was involved in the Exxon Valdez disaster
    and helped develop the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. But the true impact
    of Jindal’s blustery leadership may never be known, as Jindal vetoed a bill Friday
    thatwould have required him to make public all of his office’s
    documents relating to the spill. “His excuse is he is afraid that BP
    would find out something Louisiana did, and I always thought justice
    was about the truth and facts,” said Republican state Sen. Robert Adley.

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