Conflict of interest

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A conflict of interest arises when a party asked to impartially administer justice or mediate a dispute in fact has a vested interest in a dispute, or where a party's inside information into a dispute would color her judgment in an unfair manner. For example, a judge with stock holdings in a corporation which appears before her as a defendant must recuse herself from the proceedings; similarly, an attorney with holdings in his opponent's ventures must recuse himself, too.