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Friday, February 26, 2010

Proctor's last stand

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 1:55 PM

No decision yet from the federal judge appointed to hear former Judge Willard Proctor's request for an injunction allowing him to seek re-election this May even though the state Supreme Court has removed him from the bench for life for multiple ethics violations.

The state is arguing that, if Proctor has a case at all, it's not in federal district court but before the U.S. Supreme Court. It looks a long shot for federal courts to get involved in a state's administration of its justice system, but you never know.

Judge James Rosenbaum heard arguments in the case today and took it under advisement. He was appointed after all local judges recused. Proctor's suit names the state Supreme Court, among others, as defendants. Filing for judgeships opens Monday and lasts a week.

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