U.S. District Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow had vowed she would continue working despite the Feb. 28 shootings at her Chicago home, committed by a man upset with her decision to dismiss his medical malpractice lawsuit. Bart Ross, an unemployed Chicago electrician, confessed to the murders in a suicide note.
Lefkow appeared relaxed in court where she presided over several routine civil cases Tuesday. She plans to work on a limited basis over the next several months before returning full time in the fall, said U.S. District Chief Judge Charles Kocoras.
A notice posted on the door of her courtroom thanked people for their sympathy and asked them to refrain from mentioning the deaths during court proceedings.