Should they recuse themselves?

Attorney General Jeff SessionsEver wonder whether a judge, prosecutor or other official should recuse themselves from a case? Now there’s an easy way to figure it out.

The American Bar Association has posted a new ABA Legal Fact Check that explores when a prosecutor should consider stepping aside from a case because of a potential conflict of interest.

Late last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was subjected to a sharp rebuke from Sen. Patrick Leahy, the ranking Democrat on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, when he declined to say at a hearing whether his recusal from campaign-related investigations also extends to the federal inquiry into President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

The new fact check explores the federal regulations related to recusal and under what circumstances a prosecutor is required to recuse himself/herself from a matter. Prosecutors are not automatically required to step aside in political matters unless a clear conflict exists under state model rules or federal regulations.

ABA Legal Fact Check seeks to help the media and public find dependable answers and explanations to sometimes confusing legal questions and issues. The URL for the site is www.abalegalfactcheck.com. Follow us on Twitter @ABAFactCheck.

NY prosecutor married to defense attorney talks about justice

What would life be like if you were a New York City prosecutor and your wife was a defense attorney for juveniles? Jesse Weinstein doesn’t have to wonder. Weinstein says he often gets in debates with his wife about the finer points of the American justice system. Read about how their marriage includes lessons about justice in this story by The Marshall Project.