Both the chief judge’s and general counsel’s office were queried a few moments ago (11:27 and 11:28 AM) about whether the 17th Circuit will be open or closed tomorrow. Child care concerns given the closure of Broward schools were stressed by JAABLOG, but no answer was forthcoming from either office.

Stay tuned for an announcement, as we’re sure the issue is currently being discussed …


Chuck Morton is done with retirement. He’s heading back to the SAO as a full-time ASA.

We spoke to Chuck earlier today, who told us he’s coming back not in an administrative or supervisory role, and will be responsible for trial/case evaluation and investigation, as well as being a “senior adviser.” In short, Chuck stressed he will primarily be trying cases, but will also be available to help out in other areas.


Fein for Siegel – Thanks to Andy Siegel for always being accessible to lawyers with both emergencies and gripes alike during his tenure as Chief of the Criminal Division. And here’s to looking forward to similar approachability by incoming Criminal honcho Marty Fein, effective January 1st …