The long-simmering Bridgegate scandal will make its way to the Third Circuit next month, when a panel of the court hears argument on whether to release the names of the unindicted co-conspirators, per an order reportedly signed today by Judge Ambro.
Much of the early media coverage on the order focuses on whether Judge Barry would recuse herself from the panel, given that Governor Christie is both a central figure in the Bridgegate scandal and a top supporter of Barry’s brother, presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump. Here are links to stories by Gawker, Twitchy, and Politico.
UPDATE: and here’s another, by Philip Bump for the Washington Post, that begins, “A clear disclaimer at the top: There is a chance — an outside, unlikely chance — that this happens.”
Of course, the odds of Barry (or any other individual judge) being even assigned to any particular three-judge panel are fairly low, and if she chose to recuse she likely would be replaced without the public ever knowing.
But even if there ends up not being any Barry angle, I expect this to remain a high-profile case for the court.