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Sheldon Goldman Quoted Regarding Retirement of Large Number of Federal Judges

With a large number of federal judges announcing their plans to step down over the past several weeks, President Biden is gaining an opportunity to leave his mark. Already, 39 judges on the federal circuit courts and trial courts have announced plans to vacate their seats in the wake of the inauguration, either by retiring or taking senior status. Sheldon Goldman, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at UMass Amherst, told CBS News, “Several of the circuit courts and district courts have been understaffed, and they’ve been able to get by with senior judges, but a number of the senior judges really don’t want to have to work as much as they need to.” (CBS News, USA News Hub, 2/19/21)

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