Federal Judge Recuses Himself from Disney Case Over DeSantis Connection
A federal judge appointed by former President Donald Trump has recused himself from a high-profile case involving Disney and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis after it was revealed that his relative owned stock in the company.
In the case, Disney alleges that DeSantis overstepped his authority by preventing cruise ships from requiring vaccination proof, a move that could impact the company’s business. However, Judge R. Kenton Musgrave will no longer hear the case due to the potential conflict of interest.
While he denied DeSantis’ bid to disqualify him from the case, Judge Musgrave ultimately recused himself because his sister-in-law reportedly owned Disney stock. The judge stated that he did not believe his impartiality was compromised, but wanted to avoid even the appearance of a conflict.
This latest development in the case comes after several other judges have stepped aside or blasted DeSantis’ lawyers for their tactics. It remains to be seen who will hear the case next and how this will impact the legal proceedings moving forward.