Charles S. Russell

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Charles Stevens Russell (born 1926 in Richmond, Virginia) is a Virginia lawyer and currently a Senior Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. He retired as an active member of the Court in 1991.


Russell received his secondary education at the Congressional Pages School in Washington, D. C. From there Russell went to the University of Virginia where he received his B.A. and, in 1948, his LL.B. He was a member of and served as president of the Virginia Eta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the Virginia Glee Club.[1] He was admitted to the bar in 1949 and practiced in Arlington and Fairfax from 1951 to 1967 when he was appointed as a judge for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit of Virginia. In early 1982, he was elected to the Supreme Court of Virginia, effective March 1, 1982. Justice Russell retired in 1991. On January 1, 2004, Justice Russell returned to service on the court as a Senior Justice.[2] Justice Russell is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and the Raven Society.

Russell gained notoriety in 1979 when he refused to follow a jury recommendation to give a convicted rapist a six-year prison sentence, giving him probation and offering to write a letter on his behalf.[3]


  1. ^ Corks and Curls. 1946. p. 212. 
  2. ^ "Justices of the Supreme Court of Virginia". Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  3. ^ Gold, Bill (October 25, 1979). "Looking Back At The Sex Revolution". The Washington Post. p. DC16. 

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