Two days after he announced he was stepping down from the 4th Circuit, Judge J. Michael Luttig said he was surprised and angered by some of the press coverage he received. So angry, in fact, that he called Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to make it clear that his on-the-bench objections to the Justice Department's handling of the Jose Padilla case played no role in his resignation. The Padilla case "had nothing whatsoever to do with my decision to leave the court," says Luttig.
Luttig: Padilla Case Played No Role in Resignation
May 17, 2006