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One hour after Fox News heavyweight Bill O’Reilly opined that the federal judge hearing the Trump University case should recuse himself, Fox News host Megyn Kelly disagreed, saying, “That is not the way our system works.”
O’Reilly said that although the Trump University case “will have little effect” on the coming election, it “nonetheless put Donald Trump on the defensive.”
He added that from appearances, the lawsuit seems to be “a political hit job” and therefore the judge should step down because of his ethnicity.
Kelly hit back, stating that although judges must avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest, parties in a lawsuit can’t create such a conflict.
“If a litigant making stink about a judge necessarily resulted in a conflict that would force the judge to step down, it would lead to chaos in our court system,” she said.
Kelly then asked for Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson’s take on the issue, telling her that “You can’t create a conflict of interest about a judge just by complaining about him.”
Pierson brought up numerous reasons why U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel should step down from the case — each of which Kelly addressed.
“What is it about Judge Curiel’s Mexican heritage that makes him unable to hear the case,” she asked Pierson.
“Mr Trump’s policies — he wants to build the wall. He want’s to deport illegal aliens,” Pierson said, and then brought up Curiel’s membership in tyhr La Raza Lawyers Association.
Kelly shot back that the lawyers’ group has no affiliation with the controversial La Raza Council.
Kelly closed the segment by noting that Trump “will get his day in court. He doesn’t have to destroy the judge in the process.”
However, ethnicity can be a huge factor in a case. Trial lawyers typically choose jurors on the basis of race, ethnicity and sex.
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