Lindsey Graham Tells Eligible Judges to Take Senior Status So Trump Can ‘Change the Judiciary for Several Generations’ (Law and Crime)

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    WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 24: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks to reporters before entering the Senate chamber for impeachment trial proceedings against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol on January 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. House Democrats will wrap up opening arguments on day 4 of the Senate impeachment trial. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    Lindsey Graham Tells Eligible Judges to Take Senior Status So Trump Can ‘Change the Judiciary for Several Generations’ – By Jerry LambeMay (Law and Crime) / May 28 2020

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) made a public plea to senior citizens on the federal judiciary, encouraging eligible federal judges to take senior status and allow President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans to install more young, conservative-minded jurists on the bench for a lifetime.

    Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made the comments during a Thursday morning interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.

    Hewitt asked Graham if he knew of any federal judges who were eligible to assume “senior status,” a type of semi-retirement available to judges over age 65 who continue to preside over cases, albeit with a reduced workload. A National Review article from 2017 (“A Better Way to Give Trump More Judgeships to Fill”) helpfully explained why this matters:

    The bottom line is that senior judges who maintain a minimum caseload can keep — in addition to their guaranteed salary — their chambers, staff, and law clerks indefinitely. But once a judge takes senior status, the president can nominate, and the Senate can confirm, a replacement. Further, it is a fact of life that judges appointed by Democratic presidents are more likely to take senior status when a Democrat is in the White House, while judges appointed by Republican presidents are more likely to take senior status when a Republican is in the White House. Like Supreme Court justices, lower-court judges can and do schedule their retirements around elections. Given this stark reality, my analysis will focus on the nominees of Republican presidents.

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