In 2000, when Eric Washington was still an associate judge at the D.C. Court of Appeals, he was on a three-judge panel that heard arguments in an employment discrimination case from a fired bank teller who won a $1 million jury award — and then lost everything in a second trial. It then took more than seven years for the appellate panel to issue its opinion, which was delivered last week by Senior Judge John Terry with an unusual footnote: “The court sincerely regrets the unusual delay in issuing this opinion.”

Terry, who couldn’t be reached for comment, didn’t explain the reasons for the delay in the 24-page opinion, which simply affirmed D.C. Superior Court Judge Richard Levie’s order to set aside the $1 million judgment as excessive and grant a second trial.

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