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"Recuse" means:

To disqualify (oneself) as judge in a particular case; broadly: to remove (oneself) from participation to avoid a conflict of interest.
To refuse or reject (a judge); to declare that the judge shall not try the case or is disqualified to act.
The judge recused herself from that case, citing a possible conflict of interest.
To refuse to act as a judge; to declare oneself disqualified to act (intransitive, of a judge).
The judge recused from the case, citing a possible conflict of interest.
To disqualify or seek to disqualify (a judge or juror) from participation in the decision in a case, as for personal prejudice against a party or for personal interest in the outcome.
To disqualify or withdraw from a position of judging, as because of prejudice or personal interest#
To withdraw from the decision making process because of personal interest or unfairness.
To disqualify oneself (as a judge) in a particular case
To challenge or except to a judge as being incompetent or interested, in canon and civil law
To reject or challenge (a judge or juror) as disqualified to act, especially because of interest or bias.
To withdraw from a position of judging so as to avoid any semblance of partiality or bias.


  • Notable American cases from 2017.
  1. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from investigations involving the Trump campaign.
  2. House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes recuses himself from Russia probe.
  3. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has recused himself from application decisions on the Keystone XL pipeline.
  4. It was thought that Former FBI director, Robert Mueller, should have recuse himself from Russia investigation.


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