BofA questions judge's impartiality as it appeals big fraud verdict

April 22, 2015 9:47 PM

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NEW YORK, April 22 (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp on Wednesday asked a federal appeals court to toss a $1.27 billion penalty imposed in a mortgage fraud case, and in a rare move asked that the prominent Manhattan judge who oversaw its trial be replaced if the case were to continue.

In a filing with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the second-largest U.S. bank faulted U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff for several public comments he made about the mortgage crisis, including the need to pursue bank executives more aggressively, while the case was pending.

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