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Stupid Case File for July 15, 2006

Name Judgea as Defendants? Smart Idea? Doorknob Award Goes To ...

Thanks to Appellate Decisions for the great story!

Ignacio v. Judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 03-17181 (9th Cir., July 12, 2006)

Here is an offbeat case involving the issue of recusal. Upset with the results of his divorce proceedings in California state court, Tevis Ignacio began filing suit after suit in federal court, eventually naming as defendants almost every member of the court system, including every judge on the Ninth Circuit. Ordinarily, a judge named in a lawsuit would be required to recuse himself, which would mean that the Ninth would be unable to hear Ignacio’s appeal. However, the Court explains that the rule of necessity provides an exception in this case. Accordingly, the Court is able to affirm the district court’s dismissal of Ignacio’s latest suit.


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