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.
October 29, 1996 |
Two weeks after the Supreme Court agreed to rule on whether a terminally ill person has a right to die with a doctor's help, Justice Antonin Scalia told a college audience in the nation's capital it is "absolutely plain that there is no right to die." Although Scalia's view is neither surprising nor new, it is unusual for a justice to speak publicly about an issue that is before the court. In a recent talk to a class at Catholic University, Scalia repeated that "it is absolutely plain. . . .
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.
November 17, 1994 |
Saying that portions of Proposition 187 may conflict with federal statutes and the U.S. Constitution, a federal district judge in Los Angeles issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday blocking immediate enforcement of the sweeping initiative's bans on non-emergency medical, educational and social services for illegal immigrants. U.S. Dist. Judge Matthew Byrne Jr.
March 10, 2000 | ,
After enduring a record 1,506-day wait, U.S. District Judge Richard A. Paez of Los Angeles won Senate confirmation Thursday to the federal appeals court. The surprisingly lopsided 59-to-39 vote ended a bitter partisan fight over the long-stalled nomination--one capped by Vice President Al Gore suspending his presidential campaign to stand by in the Capitol to cast a tie-breaking vote, if needed. But Gore's vote was not needed.