Judge Robert Jones isn’t taking Stephen Reinhardt’s criticisms lying down.
After Ninth Circuit Judge Reinhardt publicly accused Nevada’s chief district judge of trying to evade appellate review of a decision that could theoretically swing the presidential election, Jones fired back Thursday with an order accusing Reinhardt of improperly meddling in the case.
“The undersigned was quite surprised when Judge Reinhardt contacted my chambers through the Ninth Circuit Clerk's Office and requested early entry of the order granting preliminary injunction, in light of a preliminary hearing date set by himself on the Defendants Emergency Motion to the Ninth Circuit for Stay Pending Appeal,” Jones wrote.
On Friday, Ninth Circuit Executive Cathy Catterson confirmed that a deputy clerk contacted Jones’ chambers to clarify the status of Townley v. Miller, 12-16881, and might have been acting at the behest of Reinhardt, who is the senior presiding judge of the Ninth Circuit’s motions panel for September. Such communications by a motions panel are “fairly common procedure,” Catterson said.