Judge John Walker, George Walker Bush's cousin, judges April Gallop's suit
Background: Army Specialist April Gallop, was in the wing of the Pentagon that was hit on 9/11, with her small boy, and injured in the rubble. She was instructed by her commanding officers to speak the Official Story, but bravely spoke her true observations. In 2008, she sued Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Myers for not evacuating the Pentagon, when they knew it was a potential target. Her case was dismissed on March 15, 2010, but appealed that decision.
Status: On April 5, 2011 the appeal of the case of Gallop v. Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Myers was heard by the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit at 11 a.m. at New Haven, Connecticut. But one of the 3 judges turned out to be George Walker Bush's cousin, Judge John M. Walker Jr., an obvious conflict of interest.
April's attorney William Veale gave a radio interview with Kevin Barrett after the hearing on his No Lies Radio Show:
(Turn live RADIO: OFF in the upper right. Then click the arrow next to "It is now archived here -- Use Player")
Summary: William Veale can be heard about 23 minutes into the interview. He discusses his suspicion that Judge John M. Walker, one of the three on the panel is potentially related to George Walker Bush. During the hearing, Veale did not have access to Wikipedia* to check, but thought "You take a look at him, and he's a Bush."
He filed a motion to disqualify Walker, but the Court denied it. He moved for a Continuance (postponement) to review that denial, but it was denied. He then made his prepared arguments for the appeal. "There it is, we did the best we could." He says the Court asked him a lot of "impertinent and demeaning questions" such as whether he is authorized to practice law in the area.
Apparently no actual decision came from the proceeding as of now. Veale says a federal judge can decide whatever he wants, whenever he wants, even years from now. He sadly predicts they will affirm the judgement of the lower court and deny the appeal. Veale discussed other avenues for appeal he can take. Veale states, around the 43 minute point, "I know that there was a conspiracy...inside job, that's a fact." **
Judge Walker was chosen to be a judge for a case involving his cousin.
He did not recuse himself from a case with an obvious conflict of interest.
He sat there, all the while knowing he is a cousin, heard William Veale's objection to his being a potential relative, said nothing to about it, and just denied the objection.
Judge John M. Walker Jr. is now judging the appeal of a case involving the administration of his cousin George Walker Bush.
* Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_M._Walker
John Mercer Walker, Jr. (born December 26, 1940) is a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and a cousin of U.S. Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.
** Thanks to Oody on James Randi Educational Forum.