Arkansas Legislator Makes the Case For Required Recusal

Arkansas rep John Baine
Arkansas Representative John Baine (D)

Arkansas state Rep. John Baine proposed a bill on Thursday requiring that judges recuse themselves from civil cases involving “major campaign contributors,” according to the Associated Press.

“If a reasonable person could perceive that the donation would impair the judge’s impartiality or if there is a ‘serious, objective’ probability of actual bias,” the article explains, the judge would be required to follow the request. Judges who refuse would have to do so in writing, and the refusal could be challenged within 30 days of filing.

The proposal came in the wake of Judge Mike Maggio’s bribery conviction. For background on that case, see Gavel Grab.