The Law: Broke on the Bench

At official sessions of a national conference on appellate justice that ended in San Diego last week, the central theme was the rising courtroom work load. During the coffee breaks and cocktail receptions at the del Coronado Hotel, it was clear that federal judges have a more pressing, personal concern: they are going broke. Since 1969, salaries have been frozen at $40,000 for district court jurists and $42,500 for those on the appeals courts. Last year six federal judges resigned, five of them for financial reasons. That was the largest number in 100 years....

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