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Should he have removed himself?

http://gawker.com/5713041/judge-who-ruled-health-care-reform-unconstitutional-owns-piece-of-gop-consulting-firm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%20%3Cimg%20src=

Henry E. Hudson, the federal judge in Virginia who just ruled health care reform unconstitutional, owns between $15,000 and $50,000 in a GOP political consulting firm that worked against health care reform.

Hudson's annual financial disclosures show that he owns a sizable chunk of Campaign Solutions, Inc., a Republican consulting firm that worked this election cycle for John Boehner, Michele Bachmann, John McCain, and a whole host of other GOP candidates who've placed the purported unconstitutionality of health care reform at the center of their political platforms

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 3:35 PM on Dec. 13, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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    So two other judges ruled it constitutional and someone with a financial interest deems it unconstitutional...hmm...

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 3:35 PM on Dec. 13, 2010

  • Yes, to put it simply. I realize that every person is entitled to his or her own political beliefs but I do not believe a judge should allow those alliances to color their rulings. The real question is why would a judge be allowed to consult for a specific political party?
    justbrandi111

    Answer by justbrandi111 at 3:40 PM on Dec. 13, 2010

  • Even if he can be impartial there is the "illusion of impropriety" so he should have recused himself so that no one could say he was acting in his own self interest.
    terpmama

    Answer by terpmama at 3:43 PM on Dec. 13, 2010

  • owns between $15,000 and $50,000 in a GOP political consulting firm that worked against health care reform.


    How exactly did it "work against health care reform"? Simply being a conservative consulting firm is not in any way proof they ever had any dealings with any aspect of the bill. Or does offering alternative solutions equate to "working against reform"?
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:45 PM on Dec. 13, 2010

  • yes
    Mom2Just1

    Answer by Mom2Just1 at 3:49 PM on Dec. 13, 2010

  • Not unless it can be proven that his decision was "bought" by the group, or that his decision was not based on the law.
    SuperChicken

    Answer by SuperChicken at 3:52 PM on Dec. 13, 2010

  • I agree that, at least for the sake of avoiding any concerns about impropriety, he should have recused himself from this case.

    jsbenkert

    Answer by jsbenkert at 4:17 PM on Dec. 13, 2010

  • What does it mean to "own" a political consulting firm?

    Does that mean he donated money to them or that he generates income based on the work they do?
    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 4:18 PM on Dec. 13, 2010

  •  Since 2003, according to the disclosures, Hudson has earned between $32,000 and $108,000 in dividends from his shares in the firm (federal rules only require judges to report ranges of income).
     from the link

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 4:20 PM on Dec. 13, 2010

  • Campaign Solutions was instrumental in the launching of Sarah Palin's PAC (though Palin has since split with the firm), and Ken Cuccinelli, the Virginia attorney general who filed the lawsuit that Hudson ruled in favor of today, paid Campaign Solutions $9,000 for services rendered in 2010.

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 4:21 PM on Dec. 13, 2010

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