Thursday, June 29, 2006

Federal Magistrate Grants Odd Request By A.U.S.A.

Here's a feel-good story out of Kentucky: Judge Donates Kidney To Ailing Prosecutor. Federal Magistrate J. Gregory Wehrman donated a kidney to Assistant U.S. Attorney E.J. Walbourn.

The only thing that has me scratching my head on this one is the suggestion that Walbourn may still be able to make limited appearances before Judge Wehrman. At least with Idaho state judges, it would arguably be a violation of the judicial cannons of ethics for Walbourn to continue to appear before Wherman because of the appearance or possibility of bias. However, maybe that wouldn't be a problem if Walbourn is appearing on an uncontested or stipulated matter. In any event, tip of the hat to Judge Wehrman.

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