The legislature has picked one of its alumni, former Sen. Trumbo, for the vacant judgeship in the 25th Circuit, covering the counties of Botetourt, Craig, Rockbridge, Alleghany, Bath and Highland and the cities of Lexington, Buena Vista and Covington, as reported here in the Roanoke paper ("General Assembly elects Trumbo circuit court judge," 1/21/2004).
In addition, the legislature has voted out an African-American judge in Virginia Beach, as reported here, citing the fact that he was reprimanded by the Virginia Supreme Court, as reported here ("Beach judge removed from his position," 1/21/2004) in the Norfolk paper. This is the second year in a row the Republican-controlled legislature has ousted a sitting African-American judge.
Also, the Northern Virginia legislators will not approve what amounts to an additional year for a Fairfax County general district court judge, one year away from mandatory retirement, as reported here ("Lawmakers Seek to Oust Fairfax Judge," 1/21/2004) in the Washington Post.
Also, President Bush has renominated in the new session of Congress Claude Allen to sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, as reported here by the AP.