|It surely can't be true!|
"I have come to realize that I have engaged in conduct that crossed lines established for the purpose of maintaining a judicial process whose integrity must remain beyond question. It is important to emphasize that I did not and would never compromise my impartiality in judging any case before me. But avoiding even the appearance of partiality is a vital interest of our courts, and I compromised that interest by transgressing limits on judges' interactions with attorneys who appear before the court. I was inexcusably careless, and I sincerely apologize."This emphatic language was as a result of an email that, according to the Wall Street Journal, he had sent to Edward Reines at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. In this email Chief Judge Rader had reported a conversation that he had with another member of the court who had "praised the attorney's performance" and also included the judge's own praise. Chief Judge Rader had also encouraged the recipient to show the email to others. In retrospect, the judge recognized that the email constituted a beach of the ethical obligation not to lend the prestige of the judicial office to advance the private interests of others.
|Chief Judge Rader|
Chief Judge Rader has been on the court for almost 24 years, having been appointed by President George H. W. Bush way back in 1990. He became Chief Judge in 2010. His resignation will become effective on 30 May 2014, after which he will remain on the court as a circuit judge. Sharon Prost, who is part of the 18-judge court, will replace him as Chief Judge. With a background in labour law, Judge Prost was appointed by Dubya in 2001.
|Her eyes may disguise it, but Merpel|
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