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Judge mentioned for Supremes resigns to work for Boeing

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.kristv.com/global/story.asp?s=4886968 Judge resigns from federal appeals court to work for Boeing RICHMOND, Va. -- Judge J. Michael Luttig resigned
    Message 1 of 1 , May 10, 2006
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      http://www.kristv.com/global/story.asp?s=4886968

      Judge resigns from federal appeals court to work for
      Boeing

      RICHMOND, Va. -- Judge J. Michael Luttig resigned
      Wednesday from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
      to accept a job as senior vice president and general
      counsel for Boeing Co.

      Luttig, a conservative judge and native of Tyler,
      Texas, had been named to the federal bench by former
      President Bush in 1991 and mentioned last year as a
      possible nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.

      "This opportunity just came out of the blue," he told
      The Associated Press in a telephone interview from his
      Northern Virginia court chambers. "I was not looking
      to leave the court, and did not expect to leave the
      court. After considering it, it seemed an opportunity
      we could not forego."

      Luttig said his decision had nothing to do with being
      passed over for the Supreme Court nomination.

      White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino said
      Wednesday, "The president regrets the loss of Judge
      Luttig's distinguished service on the federal
      judiciary, but respects his decision and wishes him
      and his family the best."

      Luttig was 37 when he was appointed to the 4th
      Circuit, becoming the youngest federal appeals court
      judge in the country. The Richmond-based appeals court
      is widely viewed as the most conservative in the
      nation.

      Luttig previously served as an aide to U.S. Chief
      Justice Warren E. Burger and as an assistant counsel
      in the Reagan White House. He clerked for Burger and
      for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia when Scalia
      was a judge on the federal appellate court in
      Washington.

      He also helped Justice Clarence Thomas, another Bush
      favorite, through his contentious confirmation
      hearing. Luttig delivered a eulogy at Burger's funeral
      and was a groomsman at the wedding of new Chief
      Justice John Roberts.

      William Wilkins, chief judge of the 4th Circuit,
      praised Luttig for thoughtful and timely opinions
      during his years on the federal bench, and for his
      vigorous questioning of lawyers arguing before the
      court.

      "He always did his homework beforehand. He was as
      familiar with the record as the lawyers were. He could
      engage and really probe into issues before the court,"
      Wilkins said.

      At Boeing, he will succeed Douglas G. Bain, who
      announced his plans to retire July 1. Luttig and his
      wife, Elizabeth, have a daughter and a son. The family
      will relocate to the Chicago area.

      Criminal cases were more than theoretical exercises
      for Luttig, whose father was murdered in a carjacking
      more than a decade ago. In 1994, Napoleon Beazley, 17,
      confronted businessman John Luttig in the driveway of
      his Tyler home and shot him twice in the head.
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