Federal Circuit Suspends Decide Newman for Refusing Psychological Examination

by Dennis Crouch

On the finish of July 2023, a particular committee of three Federal Circuit judges advisable a one-year suspension of Decide Newman for refusing to adjust to varied bodily and psychological examination requests to check whether or not she is affected by a diminished capability.  The Federal Circuit’s judicial council has now unanimously* adopted the advice with the next order:

Decide Newman shall not be permitted to listen to any instances, on the panel or en banc degree, for a interval of 1 yr starting with the issuance of this Order, topic to consideration of renewal if Decide Newman’s refusal to cooperate continues after that point and to consideration of modification or rescission if justified by an finish of the refusal to cooperate.

September 20, 2023 Judicial Council Order.  The connected order, contains 70+ pages of textual content together with 300+ pages of connected supportive proof.  Because the order to suggests, Decide Newman apparently holds the “keys to her cell” – she merely has to undergo a full medical and psychological examination, reveal the outcomes to her colleagues, and obtain a outcome passable to move their scrutiny.

Decide Newman took and handed two 11-minute psychological  capability examinations, however the Federal Circuit needs her to topic herself to a six-hour psychological examination run by an unbiased physician.


  1. The judicial council is made up of all 12 common members of the courtroom.
  2. Though the order was unanimous, it seems that Decide Newman was not given a vote.
  3. Decide Newman has just lately been out and about, talking and receiving varied awards.
  4. I’m instructed that the quick psychological examination taken by Decide Newman is designed to take as much as 20 minutes. Decide Newman accomplished it in 11 minutes.