Kin Slay Judge Back On Bench

A Colorado Department of Transportation snow plow is seen on Colorado Highway 135 as it pushes off snow to clear the way for travelers on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010. A fierce snowstorm with high intensity winds and snow that left Colorado with a substantial amount of snow in the Southern portions of the state. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)
AP Photo/Nathan Bilow
A federal judge has made a low-key return to the bench, just months after the murders of her husband and mother by a disgruntled litigant.

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.