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Dilworth v. City of Everett

United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle

October 31, 2014

CRAIG DILWORTH, et al., Plaintiffs,
v.
CITY OF EVERETT, et al., Defendant.

ORDER ON MOTION TO RECUSE

MARSHA J. PECHMAN, District Judge.

The Court, having received and reviewed:

1. Plaintiffs' Motion to Recuse Judge Pechman (Dkt. No. 7)

2. Defendants' Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion to Recuse Judge Pechman (Dkt. No. 16)

3. Reply in Support of Motion to Recuse Judge Pechman (Dkt. No. 19) and all attached declarations and exhibits, makes the following ruling:

IT IS ORDERED that the motion is DENIED; the Court declines to recuse itself from this matter.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the matter is referred to U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik for review in accordance with the Local Rules of this district.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiffs' permission to file pleadings electronically in this matter is RESCINDED; any future filings must be made in hard copy, either by mail or in person, and must conform to the requirements of the "vexatious litigant" finding in C14-237-MJP, Dkt. No. 113.

Background

Plaintiffs have had two matters before this Court over the course of 2014: C14-237-MJP and C14-1434-MJP. Although Plaintiffs appear to object to the characterization, all of the litigation that they have filed in this district is related to a cascading series of events which began with a property dispute with their neighbors and snowballed into accusations of assault and battery, wrongful prosecution, constitutional violations and a plethora of other claims.

On October 8, 2014, this Court entered an order dismissing all of Plaintiffs' claims against the parties in the earlier-filed matter. (C14-237, Dkt. No. 113.) In addition to the dismissal, the Court declared Plaintiffs to be vexatious litigants and imposed a series of conditions upon any future filings in this district. (Id. at 15-16.). The following day, Plaintiffs filed the instant motion to recuse this Court in C14-1434.

Discussion

Plaintiffs raise two grounds upon which they believe that ...


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