Disney vs DeSantis: Judge Recuses Himself Due To Distant Relative Owning Disney Stock, Calls DeSantis’ Motion “Rank Judge Shopping”

Chief Judge Mark E. Walker has recused himself from the Disney vs DeSantis federal case, but not because DeSantis’ lawyers made a strong argument. In fact, Judge Walker called DeSantis’ motion “rank judge shopping” and said that the arguments outlined were without merit.

Instead, Judge Walker is refusing himself because “a relative within the third degree of relationship owns thirty shares of stock in Plaintiff’s parent corporation, The Walt Disney Company”.

In total, Judge Walker denied the defendant’s motion to disqualify but rather disqualified himself based on the distant relationship to someone owning stock in Disney.

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