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Bruce Marshall Selya

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Bruce Marshall Selya
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #6
Station:   Providence, RI
Service:
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   10/14/1986-12/31/2006
Senior:   12/31/2006-Present
Preceded by:   New Seat
Succeeded by:   O. Rogeriee Thompson
Past post:   District of Rhode Island
Past term:   1982-1986
Past position:   Seat #2
Personal History
Born:   1931
Hometown:   Providence, RI
Undergraduate:   Harvard University, 1955
Law School:   Harvard Law School, 1958
Bruce Marshall Selya (b. 1931) is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He joined the court in 1986 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Prior to the First Circuit, Seyla served on the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. He joined this court in 1982 after an appointment from Ronald Reagan. Selya assumed senior status on December 31, 2006.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Selya graduated from Harvard University with his bachelor's degree in 1955, and from Harvard Law School with his J.D. degree in 1958.[1]

Professional career

Judicial career

First Circuit Court of Appeals

Seyla was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit by Ronald Reagan on September 26, 1986 to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333, which was approved by Congress. Selya was confirmed by the Senate on October 8, 1986 on a Senate vote and received commission on October 14, 1986. Selya assumed senior status on December 31, 2006.[1]

District of Rhode Island

Selya was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island by Ronald Reagan on July 27, 1982, to fill a seat vacated by Raymond Pettine. Selya was confirmed by the Senate on August 18, 1982, and received commission on August 18, 1982. He left the court for advancement to the First Circuit and his vacancy was filled by Ernest Torres.[1]

Notable cases

Stolen gun liability case (2012)

     United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (Jones v. Secord, 11-1576)

On July 6, 2012, a three judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld the ruling of Judge Paul Barbadoro of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire who held that a NH man could not be held liable for the use of his handgun in a violent crime. Gail Jones, the mother of a shooting victim, filed a lawsuit alleging that Lawrence Secord was liable for the use of his handgun by his grandson in an armed robbery that resulted in three fatalities in 2007. Secord's gun was stolen by his grandson, who broke into a locked summer cabin to obtain the firearm. Barbadoro agreed with Secord that he had taken proper precautions to secure his firearm. Judge Bruce Marshall Selya agreed, wroting the opinion of the panel consisting of Judges Jeffrey R. Howard and O. Rogeriee Thompson. He stated in the opinion, "The record here, even when construed in the light most flattering to the plaintiff, does not show either a particularized risk of harm or a degree of foreseeability sufficient to animate this exception." Jones told the press she brought the lawsuit on to raise awareness of gun storage and risk, telling the press, "Firearms are very dangerous when they're in the wrong hands."[2][3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Raymond Pettine
District of Rhode Island
1982–1986
Seat #2
Succeeded by:
Ernest Torres
Preceded by:
NA - new seat
First Circuit
1986–2006
Seat #6
Succeeded by:
O. Rogeriee Thompson



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