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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Interests Conflicted

Should he have recused himself for this? I think so.

The federal judge who overturned Barack Obama's offshore drilling moratorium reported owning stock in numerous companies involved in the offshore oil industry — including Transocean, which leased the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig to BP prior to its April 20 explosion in the Gulf of Mexico — according to 2008 financial disclosure reports.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman issued a preliminary injunction today barring the enforcement of the president's proposed six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling, arguing that the ban is too broad.

According to Feldman's 2008 financial disclosure form, posted online by Judicial Watch [pdf], the judge owned stock in Transocean, as well as five other companies that are either directly or indirectly involved in the offshore drilling business.

Considering that conservatives are drooling all over themselves claiming that Obama himself is benefiting from the negligence of British Petroleum, that he is using this natural disaster for his own personal gains, I find it quite curious that they are not going after a member of the judiciary that has direct and verifiable ties to BP who has been successful at usurping those that are out to protect the better interests and safety of Americans.

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