Judge’s Pending Retirement Leads Another Big News Day
Yesterday, in a surprise development for the Wone civil case, Judge Brook Hedge announced her retirement effective December 3, 2010.
As case watchers will recall, there was a change out with the judges in the criminal case. The swap of judicial calendars earlier this year had Judge Lynn Leibovitz replace Frederick Weisberg.
The defense team fought that switch but in the long run, it seemed to have worked out for them, save for Leibovitz’ dicta.
This news came just hours after other developments in the case. One regards the Covington and Burling team, and the other involves the Friday, September 10 status hearing. Details, after the jump.
What the Hedge retirement may mean for the Wone civil case is uncertain. Mike Scarcella of the Legal Times had this:
“Hedge, who joined the bench in November 1992, is seeking senior status as a judge, meaning she would continue to hear cases if she is approved. It was not immediately known this afternoon, however, whether she would continue to preside over the Wone case after December.”
Yet some court insiders tell us that a calendar swap like we saw in the criminal trial was also a distinct possibility and a new judge would’ve taken over at some point, perhaps after the first of the year.
And since both legal teams have been playing nice for the past few weeks resolving differences and that a scheduling order has been issued, there’s no need to gather on the 10th:
“The Status Hearing of September 10, 2010 was set as a control date in this matter. Because the Court issued a Scheduling Order and the outstanding motions were resolved, and upon the representation by all the parties that a Status Hearing is no longer necessary, the Court now vacates the September 10 Status Hearing.”
That order by Hedge was preceded by this filing that announced Daniel Suleiman of Covington has withdrawn as a member of Kathy Wone’s legal team:
08/30/2010 Praecipe to Withdraw/Strike Appearance of Daniel M. Suleiman as Counsel for the Plaintiff. Filed. Submitted. 08/30/2010 11:53. ncv. Attorney: SULEIMAN, DANIEL M (495975) ESTATE OF ROBERT E WONE (PLAINTIFF)
What precipitated this change in the lineup is unclear.
For more on yesterday’s events, the Post’s Keith Alexander also weighed in on Judge Hedge’s retirement.
-posted by Craig
JUDGE HEDGE ORDER VACATING THE SPETEMBER 10 STATUS HEARING