Prosecutor of Dylann Roof Nominated to 4th Cir.
Julius "Jay" Richardson has a long and distinguished resume. His most high-profile case involved prosecuting the notorious Dylann Roof. Now Richardson can add another notch to his belt: he was just nominated to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals by President Trump.
Interestingly, Richardson's nomination may seem out of left field, but the prosecutor has some experience on the other side of the bench, though not as a judge. He served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, as well as FindLaw favorite, the Seventh Circuit's own bearer of benchslaps, Judge Posner.
Less Political, More Legal
Despite Richardson's lack of experience judging cases, he is being lauded as an apolitical nomination, which, as you may have noticed, have been few and far between. As such, it is not expected that his appointment will be held up.
Richardson has served as a federal prosecutor in South Carolina since 2009. His current role is the deputy criminal chief, which prosecutes serious offenses ranging from violent crimes to gang offenses. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1999 and Chicago School of Law in 2003. Notably, he was an editor for University of Chicago Law Review.
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