DOJ Settles Iranian Immigration Judge's Bias Case

Law360, New York (November 3, 2015, 6:59 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Justice has agreed to lift a blanket recusal order blocking an immigration judge active in the Iranian-American community from hearing any cases involving Iranian nationals and pay her $200,000 to end a federal discrimination lawsuit, the judge's attorneys said Tuesday.

Under the settlement in California federal court, the DOJ has agreed to lift the order against immigration judge Afsaneh Ashley Tabaddor, undertake a review of its recusal policies and regulations, and pay the immigration judge $200,000 in damages and expenses, according to a statement issued Tuesday by Judge Tabaddor's counsel at Cooley LLP.

Cooley partner Ali Mojdehi, who...

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