Sunday, October 4, 2009

Fourth District Denies Caperton Recusal Writ

In E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company, Inc. v. Aquamar S.A. (4D09-2871), the Fourth District denied a petiton for writ of prohibition seeking the recusal of the trial court judge.  The court stated:
An attorney’s legal campaign contributions within the statutorily permitted amount are not a legally sufficient ground for disqualification...The contributions from attorneys in the firms representing the plaintiffs in this case were all within the statutorily permitted amounts, and the cumulative total of $4650 which the attorneys in the firms contributed to the judge’s reelection campaign does not approach the $3 million contribution at issue in Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Co., 129 S. Ct. 2252 (2009).


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