Bruce Marshall Selya
|Bruce Marshall Selya|
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|Current Court Information:|
|United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit|
|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 position:||Seat #2|
|Home State:||Providence, RI|
|Law School:||Harvard Law '58|
Early life and education
Selya was a law clerk for former Federal District Judge Edward Day who was Chief Judge of the District of Rhode Island from 1958 to 1960. Selya was a private practice attorney in Rhode Island from 1960 to 1982. Selya also served as a Judge of probate in Rhode Island from 1965 to 1972.
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.
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.
Stolen gun liability case (2012)
*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."
- United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island
- News: 1st Circuit upholds NH District Court gun liability ruling, July 12, 2012
|Federal judicial offices|
|District of Rhode Island
NA - new seat
O. Rogeriee Thompson
|Former judges||Stephen Breyer • David Souter • Hugh Bownes • Benjamin Bourne • John A. Lowell • Jeremiah Smith • John Lowell • George Foster Shepley • LeBaron Bradford Colt • William LeBaron Putnam • Francis Cabot Lowell • Frederic Dodge • James Madison Morton • William Schofield • George Weston Anderson • George Hutchins Bingham • Charles Fletcher Johnson • Scott Wilson • John Christopher Mahoney • Calvert Magruder • Bailey Aldrich • John Patrick Hartigan • Frank Coffin • Edward McEntee • Peter Woodbury •|
|Former Chief judges|
|Magistrate judges||Lincoln Almond • Robert Lovegreen • Patricia A. Sullivan •|
|Former Article III judges||
Ernest Torres • Bruce Marshall Selya • Benjamin Bourne • Henry Marchant • David Leonard Barnes • David Howell • John Pitman • Jonathan Russell Bullock • John Power Knowles • LeBaron Bradford Colt • George Moulton Carpenter • Arthur Lewis Brown • Ira Lloyd Letts • John Christopher Mahoney • Francis Boyle • Edward Day • John Patrick Hartigan • Edward Leahy • Raymond Pettine •
|Former Chief judges|