Betty Fletcher Dies at 89, Liberal U.S. Appeals Judge

    October 24, 2012
    Chad Sweely
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Today, we mourn the loss of Betty Fletcher, a great and faithful servant to San Francisco’s Court of Appeals (Ninth District), who died yesterday (Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012).

Prior to her involvement with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Fletcher started as a practicing lawyer in 1956 at Preston, Gates, and Ellis, a small private practice firm in Seattle, WA, then later progressed to the firm of Preston, Gates, and Ellis, where she became a partner of the firm. This was a big milestone for Fletcher, because this rendered her now as the first woman to become a partner at a major law firm (in the pacific northwest region).

During her time in practice at these firms, Fletcher became an active member of the Washington State Bar Association, and also served as the first female president of the Seattle’s King County Bar Association (1972-1973).

In July of 1979, Fletcher was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and then was confirmed and started her seat in September of the same year. During Fletcher’s appointment, she tried a wide range of cases, such as:

  • Employment discrimination
  • Water rights
  • Export restrictions on cryptography
  • Obscenity on the Internet
  • Sexual orientation discrimination

In 1998, Fletcher designated herself as senior status (a form of semi-retirement for federal judges), and William A. Fletcher (her son) joined the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after her decision.

On Tuesday, October 23rd of 2012, Betty Fletcher passed away at the age of 89; however, the cause of her death is unknown at this time. Various supporters of Fletcher have left their condolences via Twitter:

  • Brock Powers

    yippee. one less liberal to poison the world.

    • Ray Workman

      You are a moron! Take a long walk, off of a short pier!

      • jamie

        its old school libs like her that made san fransico + most of california a FU*KING MESS!. take lots of sun block were your going

  • Mark Mywords

    Looks like the jews were twittering galore. Anyone against the jews has my vote!

    • Joe

      Anti-semitic bigot. Anti-semite = the same as Adolf Hitler. Congratulations!

  • Matt

    Thank god, another liberal bites the dust.

    • uranass

      …said thank you to your god for your liberal president and president to be for another four years and said thank you for
      the liberal congres that god will give you too and finaly said thank you for all the crap that you idiots cnsrvas will eat for another four years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jane

    Okay… how long has she been OFF the bench? How did this make the news? LOL!

  • Jane

    Cause of death unknown: how about OLD? LOL!

  • Fred Russo

    Sorry family. This woman did a lot to screw up this country along with her gang on the 9th

    • Steve

      More accomplished and learned than you will ever be.

  • http://microsoft7 jude anne

    God bless and rest in peace.

  • bill young

    Term Limits at their best. The ninth circuit has made this country a confused mess. May her soul rest in peace.

  • curry

    good bye dress warm

  • T

    A Liberal Judge, you say? With any luck she didn’t vote early/absentee.

  • Joe

    I would say, “God rest her soul” but her family would complain that it violates the separation of church and state. Also, she herself was better than God, a common belief amongst liberal elitists. (If in fact, she actually believed in God.)
    So, in deference to her beliefs, may she rest in the great void of nothingness from where everyone instantaneously came into being.

  • Eric W

    One of the left wing idealogues that made that appeals court a total joke.Condolences to her family

    • Chris

      I must agree. Liberals are as liberals do. At least they all die.


    Wow –
    wonder what she’d say to us now,
    if she was able?

  • sweettuck

    Sorry to see everyone being a jurk. She may have or haven’t been the best but I feel sorry for her family. they are the ones who are crying for their beloved, not you.

  • paul catallo

    WoW, how will I sleep tonight? Why are liberal women so ugly?

  • Janette

    Paul Catallo…are you handsome? I bet you have a face NOT EVEN a mother would love.

    It’s amazing how HATEFUL most of you can be. I bet you guys consider yourselves Christians. Jesus would be ashamed of people like you!!!