The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals scheduled the hearing for Feb. 19.
Gov. Deval Patrick has nominated state appeals court judge Geraldine Hines to fill an upcoming vacancy on the state’s highest court.
Massachusetts prison officials asked a federal appeals court to overturn a ruling granting a taxpayer-funded sex change for a transgender inmate serving a life sentence for murder.
Federal prosecutors say there’s no proof the judge overseeing gangster James “Whitey” Bulger’s trial is biased. Bulger’s attorneys say U.S. District Court Judge Richard Stearns has a conflict of interest because he was a federal prosecutor in the 1980s, when Bulger was an FBI informant. They say Stearns would have known about an agreement for immunity from his crimes that Bulger says he had with the FBI.
The Massachusetts appeals court has upheld the kidnapping and assault convictions of the German man who used the name Clark Rockefeller.