This question is tangentially related to the Trayvon Martin case, but is not about that case. But the details of that case are what triggered my question.
George Zimmerman’s lawyer, Mark O’Mara, filed a motion asking the judge to disqualify himself. He did not allege that the judge had some relationship with anyone involved, but simply that the judge had some animosity towards GZ. ISTM that this amounts to basically impugning the judge’s integrity. I was therefore not at all surprised that the judge rejected this motion. (I would guess that O’Mara knew this would happen and was preserving grounds for appeal.)
Now within this particular case, O’Mara felt that this motion was advantagious to his case. But what about other clients of his who might appear before this same judge? Is it possible that this judge will be insulted by the suggestion and will henceforth have antipathy for O’Mara which will impact his rulings in cases for other clients?
Essentially, that’s the question: in general, are judges - being human and all - insulted by motions filed by lawyers which seem to impugn ther integrity, and does this spill over to other cases?
And if so, does this possibility inhibit lawyers from filing motions of this sort?