"'Kozinski's statement said the committee submitted a report to the Judicial Council in December after 'a thorough and extensive investigation' that included interviews with witnesses and Cebull and going over related documents.
The BNSF Railway Company (reporting mark BNSF) is one of the largest freight railroad networks in North America, second to the Union Pacific Railroad (UP), its primary competitor for Western U. It has three transcontinental routes that provide rail connections between the western and eastern United States.
The council's order will remain confidential during an appeal period, which concludes May 17, Madden said.
The council will make an announcement after Cebull's retirement takes effect, he said, but added that he was unable to answer when the order or the letter will be released to the public.
The Aurora Branch eventually grew into the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, (CB&Q), a major component of predecessor Burlington Northern. It built one of the first transcontinental railroads in North America, linking Chicago and Southern California; major branches led to Texas, Denver, and San Francisco.
The text of the e-mail, with the subject line 'A MOM'S MEMORY' reads: 'Normally I don't send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching. Max Baucus then formed a committee to replace Cebull and another judge taking senior status, with Baucus recently recommending that Obama appoint state District Judge Susan Watters of Billings to take Cebull's spot on the bench. Krebs both announced shareholders had approved the plan, which would save overhead costs and combine BN's coal and ATSF's intermodal strengths.Although the two systems complemented each other with little overlap, in contrast to the Santa Fe-Southern Pacific merger, which failed because it would have eliminated competition in many areas of the Southwest, BN and ATSF came to agreements with most other Class Is to keep them from opposing the merger.The creation of BNSF started with the formation of a holding company on September 22, 1995.This new holding company purchased the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (often called the "Santa Fe") and Burlington Northern Railroad, and formally merged the railways into the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway on December 31, 1996.