June 29, 1991 |
Moderate Republican U.S. appeals court judge Amalya L. Kearse, 54, a black woman and moderate Republican, was appointed to the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter. She was the first woman and second black to join that court. (The first was Thurgood Marshall.) Kearse's name has come up before as a possible Supreme Court appointee.
March 20, 1993 |
Justice Byron R. White, the lone Democrat on the Supreme Court, announced Friday that he will retire in June, clearing the way for the first time in a quarter-century for a Democratic President to select a new appointee to the high court. White's retirement was not unexpected, although many observers had thought that the court's oldest justice, Harry A. Blackmun, would depart first. White, 75, a terse, no-nonsense jurist, announced his decision in a typically brief written statement.
April 4, 1995 |
All living things must either adapt to the snow and cold that drape the nation's oldest national park in a vast white blanket each winter, or leave. Elk migrate to lowlands. Grizzly bears hibernate. And U.S. Magistrate Steven Cole retreats to his wood-paneled lair to catch up on months' worth of paperwork while the sounds of Eric Clapton issue from a boombox next to a frost-coated window.
June 25, 1996 |
The federal government Monday dropped its 7-year-old criminal prosecution of U.S. District Judge Robert P. Aguilar--the first federal judge ever indicted in California--in exchange for Aguilar's immediate resignation from the bench. In January, a federal appeals court paved the way for the agreement by overturning Aguilar's sole remaining conviction, on charges of disclosing wiretap information. The U.S. Justice Department had until Monday to decide whether to appeal to the Supreme Court.
November 25, 1990 |
The 21-year-old Salvadoran stood before U.S. Immigration Judge Thomas Fong in a nearly empty chamber of the Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles. The question before the judge: Was the young man a political refugee who deserved asylum in the United States, or was he a draft dodger who ought to be returned to El Salvador? Picked up by immigration agents as an illegal alien, the young man told the judge that he had come to the United States to escape political turmoil and threats on his life.
February 11, 1990 |
Federal agents reportedly examined items that were confiscated from a suspect in a probe of mail bombings that killed a federal judge and a Savannah, Ga., attorney in December. The FBI began searching a house, a storage shed and three vehicles belonging to Walter Leroy Moody of Rex, Ga. Moody became a target in the inquiry after federal agents noted similarities between a bomb that injured his former wife in 1972 and the ones used in the fatal bombings.
October 9, 1998 |
After a 3 1/2-year struggle, UC Berkeley law professor William A. Fletcher won confirmation Thursday to a seat on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals by a relatively close 57-41 vote in the U.S. Senate. The 41 no votes are the biggest block of negative votes received by a successful federal judicial nominee since Clarence Thomas was confirmed to the Supreme Court by a 52-48 vote in 1991 after a bitter battle.
December 13, 2000 |
Supreme Court justices rarely recuse themselves, but some critics have questioned whether Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas should have participated in a ruling on Bush vs. Gore because of the roles of family members. Some experts on legal ethics, however, say that the situations involving Scalia and Thomas did not rise to a level that requires recusal. Lanny J.