Judges Brook Hedge, Kaye K. Christian and Judith E. Retchin to retire from D.C. court

By Keith L. Alexander
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Three D.C. Superior Court judges have announced their retirements, setting off a race among District lawyers and magistrate judges hoping to fill the slots.

The Judicial Nomination Commission on Tuesday said Brook Hedge, Kaye K. Christian and Judith E. Retchin plan to retire in December. All three judges have served since the early 1990s.

Hedge, who has been on the bench since 1992, sits in the court's civil division. She is the judge overseeing the $20 million civil suit filed by the family of Robert Wone, the Washington lawyer who was stabbed to death in the D.C. home of three men in 2006. Hedge, who has overseen the early stages of the suit, set a June 2011 trial date.

Christian, a Lynchburg, Va., native who graduated from Dunbar Senior High School in Northwest Washington, was appointed to the bench by President George H.W. Bush in 1990.

Retchin was appointed by Bush in 1992. The native of West Babylon, N.Y., was a former prosecutor in the U.S. attorney's office in the District.

The judges can apply to the commission for part-time senior status, although it was unclear whether any of them intend to. Other Superior Court judges will take over their court calendars after they retire.

Individuals wishing to apply for the positions should visit http://www.jnc.dc.gov or contact Kim W. Whatley, executive director of the Judicial Nomination Committee, at 515 5th St. NW, Suite 235, Washington, D.C. 20001.

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