Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Judge Who Went on Israel Junket Recuses Himself From Gaza Case

Judge Ryan Nelson of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed on Thursday to recuse himself from a case challenging the Biden administration’s Gaza policy. As The Intercept reported, Nelson in March was part of a judicial delegation to Israel, which was sponsored by the World Jewish Congress.

The plaintiffs — a mix of Palestinian human rights organizations, Palestinian nationals, and Palestinian Americans — claimed the trip’s ideological framing made it improper for Nelson to participate in the case. Oral argument is scheduled for June 10, and plaintiffs filed an emergency recusal motion on Tuesday.

“Appellants have moved to disqualify me from participation in this case based on my attendance at a judicial education conference in Israel in March,” Nelson wrote in a brief order. He disputed the merit of plaintiffs’ allegations of potential impartiality.

Update: June 6, 2024, 3:44 p.m. ET 
The story has been updated to include a comment from the Center for Constitutional Rights that was received after publication. 


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