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Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 02/ 8/2011

Two Judges Retire From D.C. Superior Court

By Keith L. Alexander
Keith L. Alexander


The District's Judicial Nomination Commission announced the retirements of two prominent judges from the D.C. Superior Court and are now seeking replacements.

Effective April 22, Judge John H. Bayly Jr. is scheduled to retire. And on May 2, Judge Stephanie Duncan-Peters is scheduled to retire.

Bayly, 67, a former prosecutor and an attorney with the Senate's Select Committee on Intelligence, was appointed to the bench in 1990 by former president George H.W. Bush. Bayly is known as one of the most traditional judges in the courthouse and was one of the last to maintain use of  a Bible for witnesses to use to swear to tell the truth.

In 2005, Bayly sentenced former Duke University lacrosse player Collin Finnerty to six months of probation for attacking a man in Georgetown and using anti-gay slurs. Finnerty gained national prominence later when he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a party in North Carolina. The assault charges were later dropped.

In 2007, Bayly angered attorneys with the District's Public Defender Service when he made the unusual move of having one of its lawyers locked up for about 45 minutes after accusing the attorney of disrupting his courtroom.

Duncan-Peters, 57, who is currently the presiding judge for the Superior Court's civil division, was appointed to the bench in 1992, also by Bush. A former attorney with the District Public Defender Service, Duncan-Peters also served as a trial attorney with the Public Integrity Section of the Justice Department.

In seeking replacements for the judges, the commission will submit names for consideration by President Barack Obama within 60 days of the judges' retirements. Interested parties should be a resident of the District, a member of the D.C. Bar and employed as a lawyer in the U.S. or District. All persons interested should go to the Commission's website,





By Keith L. Alexander  | February 8, 2011; 12:40 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Keith L. Alexander, The District  
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