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Learned HandThe Man and the Judge$
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Gerald Gunther

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195377774

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377774.001.0001

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The Chief Judgeship and World War II

The Chief Judgeship and World War II

(p.431) 12. The Chief Judgeship and World War II
Learned Hand

Gerald Gunther

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This chapter details Learned Hand's accession to chief judgeship after fifteen years as circuit court judge. He gained the position not as a reward for outstanding work, but automatically: the position is given to the sitting judge with seniority of service. Far more dramatic than the elevation itself were the circumstances surrounding it, for the position became open in 1939 because the incumbent chief, Martin Manton, resigned under threats of impeachment and criminal indictment. When Hand took over the position, he sought to improve relations between the chief and the other judges, and to purge the courthouse staff of second-rate political appointments.

Keywords:   criminal indictment, judges, Martin Manton, chief judgeship, Second Circuit Court

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