No Recusal in Samantha Markle v. Meghan Markle
In this action, Samantha Markle sues Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, for defamation and injurious falsehood. She now seeks the undersigned’s disqualification under 28 U.S.C. § 455(a)….
Samantha Markle seeks disqualification because President Barack Obama appointed the undersigned to serve as a federal judge in 2009. She asserts that “there exists a reasonable basis that [the undersigned’s] impartiality will be questioned” because President Obama appointed the undersigned and “the Obama family, Prince Harry, and Meghan are ‘allies’ and strong supporters of one another.” She also highlights that the Duchess met privately with First Lady Michelle Obama in 2018 and, in 2020, co-chaired a voter-registration drive with the former first lady, whom the Duchess called her “friend.”
In addition to describing Prince Harry and President Obama as “allies,” Markle asserts that Prince Harry visited the former president in the White House, welcomed t
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