And why not? Having given Walker the videos, Ware felt no need to recuse himself on the video question -- just as Ware felt no need to resign from the bench in 1997, when it became known that for years, he had been lying about a group of white teenagers killing his brother in 1953. (Yes, 13-year-old Virgil Lamar Ware was shot and killed in Alabama, but he was not Judge Ware's brother.)
Ware may pay homage to "aspects of the federal judicial system that foster public confidence in the fairness and integrity of the process." But fairness? Integrity? Ware treated the recordings as spoils that rightfully belong to the victor. Then he issued a ruling that found he was right to do so. In the cause of transparency. Otherwise known as hubris.