Former 9th Circ. Chief Judge Taking Senior Status

By Jack Karp (March 29, 2022, 4:23 PM EDT) -- The former chief judge of the Ninth Circuit has announced he will be taking senior status, giving President Joe Biden a third seat to fill on the appellate court, according to a Tuesday announcement.

U.S. Circuit Judge Sidney R. Thomas, who served as the circuit's chief judge until December, informed Biden in a letter that he plans to assume senior status as soon as a nominee is confirmed to replace him on the court, the Ninth Circuit said.

"There really are not enough words to describe how much energy, compassion, empathy, wit and wisdom Judge Thomas brought to his job as...

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