Over 130 federal judges accused of breaking law by taking cases where they held financial interests

More than 130 federal judges have violated the law by accepting and deciding cases in which they had a financial interest, according to an in-depth investigation by The Wall Street Journal, published Tuesday.

The paper discovered that the judges, spanning appointments from presidents as far back as Lyndon B. Johnson to as recently as Donald Trump, neglected to disqualify themselves from 685 cases around the country since 2010, and that two-thirds of U.S. district court judges have disclosed that they hold individual stocks. Also, “nearly one of every five” who made the disclosures “heard at least one case involving those stocks,” the report added.

After being told of the alleged violations by the WSJ, 56 of the judges told court clerks to inform parties involved in 329 lawsuits that they should have recused from their cases, meaning that new judges could be assigned to re-hear the cases and that different outcomes are possible.

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