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James R. Browning dies at 93; led 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
James R. Browning dies at 93; led 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

James R. Browning, the rural Montana native who rose to head the powerful U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and unified its diverse judges in campaigns to enlarge the bench and protect the sprawling circuit from division, has died. He was 93. Browning died Saturday at a Marin County hospital, the court said in a Monday night announcement. The cause was not given. Browning was the last 9th Circuit judge appointed by President Kennedy, whom he met on Inauguration Day 1961, when, as clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court, he held the Bible as the chief justice swore the youngest chief executive into office. A force on the 9th Circuit for more than half a century, Browning's greatest...

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