Questions for the Judge
If a judge were hearing a case, and the judge were known to have a strong positive bias or strong resentment of a party before the judge, should the judge recuse?
In our justice system, do we allow parties to a case to select which judge will hear their case? Why?
How do we currently assure that parties do not get to pick their judge?
If you learned that in a case that party in a case before a court had been able to somehow pick their judge, should that judge recuse?
Do you believe that recusal, should be done to avoid the appearance of impropriety, bias or conflict of interest even if the judge in question may not be himself or herself demonstrably biased?
If a judge were to hear a case involving a private citizen who, in their role as a public official, had appointed the judge to the court, should they recuse?
If the private citizen had declared, before appointing the judge to the court in their public role, that he or she was making the appointment with a particular goal of having that judge hear an anticipated case involving the private citizen, would this be a reason for the judge to recuse?
If not, what is the significant difference between that and any other method by which a party to a case might arrange to select their judge?