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tr.v. re·cused, re·cus·ing, re·cus·es
To disqualify or seek to disqualify (a judge or juror) from participation in the decision in a case, as for personal prejudice against a party or for personal interest in the outcome.

[Middle English recusen, ultimately (partly via Old French recuser) from Latin recūsāre : re-, re- + causa, lawsuit; see cause.]

re·cu′sal (-kyo͞o′zəl) n.
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(Law) (tr; reflexive) to remove from participation in a court case due to potential prejudice or partiality
[C19: see recusant]
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v.t. -cused, -cus•ing.
to reject or challenge (a judge or juror) as disqualified to act, esp. because of interest or bias.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French recuser < Latin recūsāre; see recusant]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.recuse - disqualify oneself (as a judge) in a particular case
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
disqualify - declare unfit; "She was disqualified for the Olympics because she was a professional athlete"
2.recuse - challenge or except to a judge as being incompetent or interested, in canon and civil law
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
reject - refuse to accept or acknowledge; "I reject the idea of starting a war"; "The journal rejected the student's paper"
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Justifying the state's request for recusals, Attorney-general Costas Clerides said six of the judges have appealed personally against the pay cuts while others are married to civil servants who stand to gain from the outcome of the proceedings.
Citing the rule of necessity, the supreme court on Tuesday rejected motions requesting the recusal of several of its members from adjudicating the state's appeals against the administrative court's decisions on civil service salaries in which they have an interest.
The request for the lawyers' recusal has prompted Chief Justice Korkpor to refer the lawyers to the Supreme Court's Grievance Committee to look into issues raised for their recusals.
The report raises questions about whether McCabe honored his recusals completely, and it faults FBI ethics officials as not appreciating "the potential significant implications to McCabe and the FBI" from the campaign contributions.
Don't shift blame to others: After telling the Times last week that Sessions' recusals was "very unfair to the president," Trump came back this week with tweets about the "beleaguered AG" whom he then beleaguered with the Tuesday morning tweet: "So why aren't the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?" Later in the day, he labeled Sessions "VERY weak," something one doesn't want to be in Trump's administration of alpha males.
(158) Reliance on that approach opens another issue--what is a rural area, where a multiplicity of judicial friendships may be more likely to be tolerated and less likely to lead to recusals? (159)
Challenges and Recusals of Judges and Arbitrators in International Courts and Tribunals
This Article first briefly outlines the historical background of and purpose behind recusals. It then discusses the odd--but certainly potentially repeatable--procedural path of Murphy Oil, which ultimately led to the dismissal of an appellant's victory as if no appeal had ever taken place, explaining why this decision was not only unsound but also symptomatic of a much larger recusal problem.
Scott's opponents in the appointment controversy called his recusal motion "as strident as it is baseless" and a "transparent bullying tactic."
Although there are a variety of proposals to combat the perception of a judiciary biased by campaign contributions' in states with elected judges, recusal is the most effective tool.