Quoted from http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/crime-courts/las-vegas-judge-denies-attempt-remove-herself-actos-lawsuit
Las Vegas judge denies attempt to remove herself from Actos lawsuit
By CARRI GEER THEVENOT
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
April 8, 2014
A Las Vegas judge will not remove herself from a civil case filed by two women against the maker of the diabetes drug Actos.“
I absolutely see no evidence that there’s any appearance of impropriety by me,” District Judge Kerry Earley said Tuesday.
The judge made the ruling after attorney Daniel Polsenberg, who represents defendant Takeda Pharmaceuticals, asked her to step down or declare a mistrial in the case.
Polsenberg said a front-page story in Sunday’s Las Vegas Review-Journal, which included a picture of Earley under the headline “Friendly persuasion or buying justice?” created an appearance of impropriety.
“Look at the way an objective observer in the public would look at this,” the lawyer argued.
Attorney David Wall, a former district judge who represents one of the plaintiffs in the case, called Polsenberg’s argument “absolutely absurd.”
“There’s no allegation of misconduct of anyone in this case,” Wall said.