It’s totally unconfirmed rumor time.
We’re hearing Barbara McCarthy may be heading back to criminal, with Raag Singhal taking over her civil division.
The move would make sense. McCarthy is not universally loved by the civil boys, who have a history of getting what they want from judicial administrations. Singhal, for his part, has made no secret of his intention to transfer out of criminal, but has reportedly been choosy regarding a new assignment. A civil division is most desirable, and would certainly help on his resume when another 4th DCA vacancy becomes available.
Again, this is still totally unconfirmed, and given the nature of judicial politics, this public airing may kill the deal if not all of the parties were previously on notice. It’s also unknown if any other movement is planned in the near future, coinciding with Jack Tuter’s becoming Chief Judge in July.
Messages have been left with Peter Weinstein and McCarthy. Singhal’s JA is out. We’ll update if anyone calls back …