In a rare move for any court, Chief Judge Rader of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has apologized. The article which was published on Gavel Grab, is re-published in its entirety. A man of integrity can only be commended, in particular as some of us are only too aware that integrity and impartiality in the State Superior Court trial court system does not exist.
“Chief Judge Randall R. Rader of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, who resigned last week his position at the court’s helm (see Gavel Grab), has apologized for conduct that “crossed the ethics lines.” He wrote an endorsement of the skills of a lawyer who appeared before him.
“I was inexcusably careless, and I sincerely apologize,” wrote Judge Rader, who will stay on the bench. He said:
“I have come to realize that I engaged in conduct that crossed the lines established for the purpose of maintaining a judicial process whose integrity must remain beyond question. It is important to emphasize that I did not and would never compromise my impartiality in judging any case before me. But avoiding even the appearance of partiality is a vital interest of our courts, and I compromised that interest by transgressing limits on judges’ interaction with attorneys who appear before the court.”
It was revealed last week that Judge Rader recused himself from two patent cases after having endorsed an attorney participating in them, and after the court had ruled. According to the Associated Press, there was no apparent change in the court outcomes as a result of his recusals.”
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