U.S. Judge in Lawsuit Against Jay Z Over Logo Won't Recuse Himself

A federal judge on Friday refused to recuse himself from a $7 million copyright lawsuit against Jay Z over his Roc-A-Fella Records logo, after the plaintiff said the judge appeared to be biased toward the rap star and music entrepreneur. Magistrate Judge Ronald Ellis in Manhattan said there was no evidence that he showed "deep-seated favoritism or antagonism" in handling the lawsuit by Bronx clothing designer Dwayne Walker, or that his impartiality might reasonably be questioned. Ellis wrote, "Walker mischaracterizes both the facts surrounding these decisions and the supporting rationale provided by the court."