A U.S. District judge's lax oversight of more than $30 million tied to the late Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos is "curious," a 9th Circuit panel said in an opinion issued Friday. The three-judge panel ordered that a new judge give a fresh accounting of the $33.8 million previously entrusted to Los Angeles-based U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real. The 85-year-old Real oversaw the millions for eight years as several U.S. courts attempted to decide who had rights to the money among various claimants.
9th Circuit Panel Rebukes Calif. Federal Judge Over Marcos Millions
The Associated Press
November 17, 2009