Tuesday, December 14, 2010 8:43:39 AM
Judge Hudson's ownership of a stake worth between $15,000 and $50,000 in a GOP political consulting firm that worked against health care reform -- the very law against which he ruled -- is troubling, to say the least.
Federal judges are required by statute to disqualify themselves from hearing a case whenever their impartiality might reasonably be questioned. Holding an investment interest in a political lobbying concern is essentially taking a financial interest in legislation before Congress. Hudson clearly should have recused himself.