A sad day for the 9th Circuit Court Of Apeals as it mourns the loss of legendary judge, Betty Fletcher.
Betty Binns Fletcher, who wrote important rulings on the environment and affirmative action and a prophetic opinion on gays in the military during 33 years as a leading liberal voice on the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, died Monday in a Seattle hospital. She was 89.
Judge Fletcher, appointed by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, was the third woman ever named to the nation’s largest federal appeals court. She was transferred to semire-tired “senior” status in 1998 at the insistence of Senate Republicans who voted to confirm her son, William Fletcher, a UC Berkeley law professor nominated to the court by President Bill Clinton.
According to the Recorder, Judge Betty Fletcher was pioneering woman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and a tenacious member of its liberal wing, died Monday evening in Seattle. She was 89.
Fletcher was only the third woman to join the Ninth Circuit when she was confirmed by the Senate in 1979. A prolific author of published opinions, she was a proponent of environmental protection and civil rights and one the court’s most staunch opponents of the death penalty.
Although she gave up active status in 1996 so that her son, William, could join the court, Fletcher remained fully engaged with the work of the court, ruling in 400 cases last year and hearing a calendar as recently as last week.Source: http://www.law.com/jsp/ca/PubArticleCA.jsp?id=1202576102870&Ninth_Circuit…