Judges: How to Remove Them

In his 22 years on the bench, Oklahoma's U.S. District Court Judge Stephen S. Chandler, 65, earned a distinguished reputation as a specialist on streamlining the courts. His long experience won him a place on an American Bar Association committee set up to study the problem of removing "aged, ill or otherwise infirm" judges who, despite their disability, cling to their office. But in December, when the judges of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals met to devise a method to dispense with the services of a judge, they did not ask Chandler's advice. It was Chandler himself whom they...

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