Judges Also Deserve Due Process

The Honorable Pauline Newman, a circuit judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, has been suspended from hearing new cases for at least a year. The suspension comes on top of the six-plus months that she was already unlawfully suspended from hearing cases while an investigation was ongoing. The suspension was ordered by the Judicial Council of the Federal Circuit. This is a damaging blow to judicial independence and raises serious concerns about due process.

An Unlawful Investigation

Newman v. Moore

The investigation was set up after Chief Judge Kimberly A. Moore alleged that Judge Newman was unable to fulfill her duties due to a mental or physical disability. Without citing legal authority and before any investigation concluded, Chief Judge Moore indefinitely removed Judge Newman from new hearing cases. Additionally, Moore restricted Judge Newman’s access to court chambers and did not allow her judicial assistant to work in the Newman chambers.

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These actions by Chief Judge Moore are unlawful and violate due process of law. NCLA, which represents Judge Newman, is challenging her pre-investigatory suspension in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and will also petition the Committee on Judicial Conduct & Disability to review the flawed Judicial Council order.

The Hon. Pauline Newman inside her judicial quarters at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, DC

The Disability Act, which the Judicial Council claims to have an obligation to follow, calls for keeping Judge Newman hearing cases during the investigation and any appeals. The Judicial Council’s factually baseless order violates her constitutional rights and exceeds their statutory authority. NCLA is staunchly defending the Hon. Pauline Newman against this blatant violation of her constitutional rights because, after all, judges also deserve due process.

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