Three veteran D.C. judges to retire
Three veteran D.C. Superior Court judges have announced their retirement, setting off a race among District lawyers and magistrate judges hoping to fill the slots.
The Judicial Nomination Commission Tuesday announced the December retirements of Judges Brook Hedge, Kaye K. Christian and Judith E. Retchin. All three have served since the early 1990s.
Hedge, who has been on the bench since 1992, currently sits in the court’s Civil division. Hedge is also the judge overseeing the $20 million civil suit filed by the widow and family of Robert Wone, the Washington attorney who was stabbed to death in the D.C. home of three men in 2006.
Hedge, who has overseen the early stages of the suit, set a June 2011 trial date.
Christian, a Lynchburg, Va., native who graduated from Dunbar Senior High School in Northwest D.C., was appointed to the bench by President George H. W. Bush in 1990.
Retchin was appointed by Bush in 1992. The native of West Babylon, N.Y., was a former prosecutor in the District’s U.S. attorney’s office.
The judges can apply to the commission for part-time senior status, though it was unclear whether any of them intend to. Other Superior Court judges will take over their court calendars after their retirements.
This item has been updated since it was first published.
-- Keith L. Alexander
Washington Post Editors
August 31, 2010; 4:37 PM ET
Categories: From the Courthouse , Keith L. Alexander , The District
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