District Court Dismisses Motion to Disqualify Judge

A Motion to Recuse the judge from presiding over the Ute Tribe versus the State of Utah litigation has been dismissed. On March 7th, the Ute Tribe filed the motion on three assertions; that Judge Bruce S. Jenkins is “biased”, “senile”, and “a Mormon.”  In Court Document 1223 filed on July 25th in the Central Division of the U.S. District Court for the State of Utah, the court concluded that the motion to disqualify Judge Bruce S. Jenkins from presiding in the case is without merit on all three assertions. The District Court referenced 7,199 pages of information provided by the Ute Tribe outlining their claims concerning Judge Jenkins and the Court outlined their conclusion that each assertion is without merit. The litigation between the Ute Tribe versus the State of Utah concerning jurisdictional matters recently received a decision from the Court of Appeals holding that “all of the lands retained their reservation status and remained Indian Country, subject to the jurisdiction of the Tribe and federal government(page 8).”


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