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In re Boston’s Children First

United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
244 F.3d 164 (1st Cir. 2001)


Facts

The petitioners claimed Boston’s student assignment process discriminated based on race and filed suit in district court. The judge assigned to the case publicly responded to allegations, printed in a local newspaper, about her refusal to hear arguments to expand the suit to a class action. The petitioners moved that she recuse herself because responding to the newspaper impugned her impartiality. The judge refused to recuse herself.

Rule of Law

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Issue

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Holding and Reasoning (Torruella, C.J.)

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  • A “yes” or “no” answer to the question framed in the issue section;
  • A summary of the majority or plurality opinion, using the CREAC method; and
  • The procedural disposition (e.g. reversed and remanded, affirmed, etc.).

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