recuse was our Word of the Day on 02/11/2018. Hear the podcast!
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Recent Examples of recuse from the Web
Four boys were extracted on Sunday, and another four were recused Monday.
In February 2017, the district attorney's office asked to be recused from the case because another attorney at Berg's firm represented one of the state's witnesses.
In a wild court hearing in March, Nolan fired his attorney, tried to withdraw his guilty plea, accused the judge's family of having a vendetta against him, asked the judge to recuse herself, then asked to represent himself.
There's a report on TMZ stating that Judge Brinkley is allegedly refusing to recuse herself from the case.
Theoretically, a new attorney general would not be recused from overseeing the Russia investigation like Sessions was, and would replace Rosenstein as Mueller’s boss.
But Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney, a New Haven Democrat, said that McDonald did not need to recuse himself on the death penalty case.
Brinkley previously refused requests from Mill’s attorneys to recuse herself from the case.
Sullivan recused himself from the vote on Rainbow King.
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Did You Know?
Recuse is derived from the Anglo-French word recuser, which comes from Latin recusare, meaning "to refuse." English speakers began using "recuse" with the meaning "to refuse or reject" in the 14th century. By the 17th century, the term had acquired the meaning "to challenge or object to (a judge)." The current legal use of "recuse" as a term specifically meaning "to disqualify (oneself) as a judge" didn't come into frequent use until the mid-20th century. Broader applications soon followed from this sense - you can now recuse yourself from such things as debates and decisions as well as court cases.
legal Definition of recuse
- an order recusing the district attorney from any proceeding may be appealed by the district attorney or the Attorney General
- —California Penal Code
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