Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Judge Luttig Resigns

In a development that I don't think anyone expected, Judge J. Michael Luttig has resigned from the Fourth Circuit, effective immediately, to take a job with Boeing Corp. Judge Luttig was an intellectual force on the Court and was one of the reasons the Fourth Circuit deserves its reputation as one of the most conservative courts in the country. It will be interesting to see how his absence affects the Court. If nothing else, I'm sure there are a few defense lawyers who will sleep a little easier knowing they no longer face the prospect of a Judge Luttig grilling at oral argument. A copy of his resignation letter can be found here.

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