New Orleans (US): A federal judge overseeing the New Orleans Roman Catholic bankruptcy recused himself in a late-night reversal that came a week after an Associated Press report showed he donated tens of thousands of dollars to the archdiocese and consistently ruled in favour of the church in the ca- se involving nearly 500 clergy sex abuse victims. US district judge Greg Guidry initial- ally announced hours after the AP report that he would stay on the case citing the opinion of fellow federal judges that that no “reasonable person” could question his impartiality.
But amid mounting pressure and persistent questions, he changed course late Friday in a terse, one-page fi- ling. “I have decided to recuse myself from this matter in order to avoid any possible appearance of personal bias or prejudice,” Guidry wrote.
The 62-year-old jurist has overseen the three-year-old bankruptcy in an appellate role.