“In battle over ‘forced recusals,’ Louisiana Supreme Court justice takes his case to federal court”


In an unusual legal skirmish, Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Jeff Hughes filed a federal lawsuit over the holidays against four of his fellow justices, challenging their decision to exclude Hughes from participating in consideration of two so-called legacy lawsuits before the high court because the plaintiffs’ attorneys contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to his 2012 election.

Hughes, a Republican from Livingston Parish who is in his first term on the court, asked a federal judge to undo his “forced recusal” from the cases, claiming his colleagues on the bench effectively have placed “unconstitutional limits on the amount of money a person can contribute to a political action committee.”



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