A handful of federal judges have already had to recuse themselves from the fraud and conspiracy case against law firm Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman LLP, according to published reports.

Citing their previous involvements with Milberg, its securities class-action cases or companies named in them, the judges' recusals have led to the postponement of two arraignments for defendants who had agreed to plead guilty, according to the Los Angeles Times. A computer makes case assignments for the 23 federal judges in the district randomly.

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