June 29, 1991 |
Conservative U.S. district judge When Ricardo H. Hinojosa was sworn in as a U.S. district judge in Texas eight years ago, he became, at 33, the youngest federal judge in the nation. Now, at 41, he finds himself touted as a prospective Supreme Court nominee. Were he to gain the appointment, he would become the youngest justice by 10 years (Justice David H. Souter is 51.) This is the second time in two years that Hinojosa has been mentioned as a possible high court appointee.
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.
November 16, 1994 |
They are a Baltimore prosecutor whose husband was appointed to the federal bench by Ronald Reagan, a renowned civil rights lawyer here who is legally blind, a veteran prosecutor who became the highest ranking African American in the Los Angeles district attorney's office, a Latino activist in Chicago who worked as a U.S. attorney and a Vermont Republican who was first chosen for the bench by George Bush.
April 20, 1994 |
A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Tuesday reversed the convictions of U.S. District Judge Robert P. Aguilar for obstructing justice and leaking word to an aging mobster that he was being wiretapped by the Justice Department. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Aguilar's conduct did not violate the federal laws he was charged with breaking. Unless the Supreme Court overrules the 9th Circuit decision, the charges against the San Jose judge will be dismissed.
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.
September 10, 2001 |
A month after the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision that gave George W. Bush the presidency, dissenting Justice David H. Souter said he could have won over Justice Anthony M. Kennedy with just another day, according to a new book by a Newsweek reporter. David A. Kaplan wrote that Souter made the comment while discussing the matter in private with a group of prep school students.