Judge Sullivan Retires After 27 Years On The US District Court In Washington, DC

Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, whose 27-year tenure on the U.S. District Court in Washington helped shape prosecutors’ obligation to disclose evidence in criminal trials and was capped by politically explosive cases involving Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, will retire from full-time duty.

Sullivan notified President Biden by letter Thursday that he will step back April 3, allowing Biden to fill a vacancy on the influential court that oversees the nation’s capital.

“I plan to be as active as always; my colleagues and the courthouse are my extended family and second home!” the judge said in a statement.

Sullivan, who guided generations of judges onto the D.C. Court of Appeals and D.C. Superior Court, will take “senior status” and maintain a reduced case load as permitted for federal judges after age 65 based on their age and tenure. He joins a wave of departing veteran U.S. jurists, as partisan fighting over ideological control of the judiciary has expanded to lower-court appointments.


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