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Three veteran D.C. judges to retire

Washington Post Editors

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

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 31, 2010; 4:37 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Keith L. Alexander , The District  
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Put 'em away Retchin thats what they call her. She is not soft on crime and she will be missed

Posted by: bigheadbull2 | August 31, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Put 'em away Retchin thats what they call her. She is not soft on crime and she will be missed

Posted by: bigheadbull2 | August 31, 2010 2:09 PM
Man I thought she would never leave the bench. She had to have given out at least 1 million years in jail years.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | August 31, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

When I see that three D.C. Superior Court judges are retiring I can't help but think about how far out of the mainstream the District is. The new judges will be appointed by the federal government with no input from the District as are 'city' prosecutors.

I wonder how many of those who say the District shouldn't have a vote in congress know the District doesn't have a vote in selecting its own judges or prosecutors.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | August 31, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

jimof1913 - Considering the wonderful past of DC voters that elected crack head as mayor, I am glad they don't have a say.

Posted by: madmike272 | August 31, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I salute these three judges who presided honestly and the best to their judicial abilities. We are grateful for their dedication to justice for the citizens of the District of Columbia.
Their upcoming retirements, however, reminds us that all our local judges are nominated by the President (this one from Illinois, the previous ones from Texas and Arkansas. They are all approved by 100 people not citizens of our nation's capital. This is a major omission in our home rule charter that cries out for correction. Let a committee nominate three more than qualified for the bench, then let our Mayor select and the Council approve. They are judging local laws..they should be locally approved.

Posted by: johnklenert | August 31, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

It's despicable that the feds appoint our judges. That's occupation and tribunal, not peer justice.

But at least the replacements won't be awful right-wing Bushies like the last batch.

Posted by: coumaris | September 1, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

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