John Burkoff Comments on Judicial Recusal

Professor John Burkoff was quoted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in a story covering the question of recusal of a federal district judge in Pittsburgh in matters in which the federal Public Defender's Office appears.

While it's unlikely the public defender's office would be successful with its motions to disqualify, one law professor said what may be happening is that the public defender's office is sending "a cannon shot across the judge's bow.

"What they're saying is, 'we don't think you're being fair in this one case, and what we're trying to do is prevent that in the future,' " said University of Pittsburgh law professor John Burkoff.