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

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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 ."

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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.


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

KEVIN STODA-has been blessed to have either traveled in or worked in nearly 100 countries on five continents over the past two and a half decades.--He sees himself as a peace educator and have been-- a promoter of good economic and social development--making-him an enemy of my homelands humongous DEFENSE SPENDING and its focus on using weapons to try and solve global (more...)

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Louisiana Gov Jindal jumped in there too, in suppo... by Aurora on Friday, Jun 25, 2010 at 3:26:59 PM
Tell us about Jindal and his investments, etc.... by Kevin Anthony Stoda on Friday, Jun 25, 2010 at 9:24:54 PM
... I haven't researched that - I think it is more... by Aurora on Friday, Jun 25, 2010 at 11:32:08 PM
.. that it would have been much more difficult for... by Aurora on Saturday, Jun 26, 2010 at 12:09:07 AM
Let's just get clear on one thing: Unlike Feldman,... by Aurora on Saturday, Jun 26, 2010 at 1:42:31 AM
Jindal's Self-Righteous Indignationhttp://pr.think... by Kevin Anthony Stoda on Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 3:08:28 PM
and it must be seen to be done. The latter hasn't ... by Archie on Saturday, Jun 26, 2010 at 12:58:04 PM
click hereApparently BP's stocks are at an all tim... by Kevin Anthony Stoda on Saturday, Jun 26, 2010 at 1:17:21 PM
The judge who overturned the drilling moratorium o... by Paul Roden on Saturday, Jun 26, 2010 at 7:35:32 PM
I placed phone calls to every Democratic member of... by Paul Karsh on Saturday, Jun 26, 2010 at 11:14:49 PM
Fast action - Exactly what is needed. Let's see wh... by Aurora on Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 12:38:21 AM
Ron Blount, who is friends of all these oil fimrs,... by Kevin Anthony Stoda on Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 9:49:41 PM
I imagine that setting aside the judgement has to ... by Kevin Anthony Stoda on Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 9:42:05 PM