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Posner Says Judges Should Step Aside After 80

Law360, Grand Rapids (July 10, 2017, 7:53 PM EDT) -- Judge Richard Posner said there is "no need for octogenarians" on the U.S. Supreme Court, a dig at the ages of Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Anthony Kennedy, in a recent dialogue about judicial retirement ages with Judge Jed Rakoff on Slate.

Posner, who serves on the Seventh Circuit, and his fellow federal judge Rakoff, who sits on the Southern District of New York, came down on opposite sides of the debate. Judge Posner said it is his opinion that there should be mandatory retirement for all judges at a fixed age, “probably 80,” while Judge Rakoff asserted that life tenure...

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