9th Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski resigns amid allegations
By Chris Eger
Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, pictured in 2003. (Photo: Paul Sakuma/AP)
One of the few seemingly pro-Second Amendment judges on the West Coast federal appeals court has announced his retirement effective immediately.
Judge Alex Kozinski, 67, a UCLA Law graduate nominated to the bench by Ronald Reagan in 1985, left the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Monday after a growing number of reports about improper sexual conduct. He was one of just seven active appointments by a Republican president to the super-sized 29-judge court which hears federal appeals from nine Western states, including California.
While on the bench, Kozinski took part in a number of landmark cases, served as Chief Judge of the 9th Circuit from 2007 to 2014, and was known as a feeder judge for clerks to the Supreme Court. He also weighed in on several gun rights cases.
Nearly 15 years ago, Kozinski penned in a lengthy dissent in the case of Silveria vs. Lockyer, which challenged the constitutionality of California’s Roberti-Roos Assault Weapons Control Act expansions. The case, which went on to the Supreme Court where it was rejected though later overruled by the Heller decision, was upheld by a panel