Senior Judges Fill The Void Left By Rampant Vacancies

By Ed Beeson | March 9, 2018, 10:44 PM EST

When older federal judges step down from active duty in the Western District of Pennsylvania, chances are they’re not headed straight to the golf course or the mild weather of Florida. Chances are, they’re headed back to the courtroom instead.

The Pittsburgh-based court is one of many around the nation that finds itself relying on the work of senior-status judges to get through the lean times hitting the bench. Nearly 150 judgeships in the lower courts are vacant, almost three times as many as there were...
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