Did a high ranking federal judge repeatedly break the law? Enter Exhibit "A" into evidence.
The Center for Investigative Reporting suggests a judge President Bush nominated to one of the highest courts in the nation has repeatedly broken federal law repeatedly since arriving on the bench.
The Center's Will Evans examined court records and other documents in his report for Salon.com.
He found Judge James Payne took action and issued more than 100 orders in at least 20 cases that involved companies in which he or his wife owned stock.
He serves a as chief judge in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
Federal law and the official Code of Conduct for U.S. judges forbids judges from sitting on cases involving companies in which they own stock.
That's the law — no matter how small their holdings.
Some plaintiffs in Payne's cases were told of his conflicts.
They judged the judge had been swayed by his stock holdings. (Salon.com/IRE)