Chief Judge David Sentelle will be taking senior status on February 12, 2013, according to the U.S. Courts website. Todd Ruger reports that the next judge in line to be Chief is Judge Merrick Garland.
When Chief Judge Sentelle steps down, the court will retain its longstanding Republican-appointed majority by only a single judge. And with four of the D.C. Circuit’s 11 seats seats vacant, President Obama will have an opportunity to significantly remake the court.
(H/T Glenn Sugameli)
- “The Hanging of a Wonderful Man”: Justice Thomas Honors Chief Judge Sentelle, D.C. Circuit Review (June 11, 2012);
- Can “Human Drama” Help To Fill the D.C. Circuit’s Three Empty Seats?, D.C. Circuit Review (Nov. 27, 2012);
- Is the D.C. Circuit Too Small to Go En Banc?, D.C. Circuit Review (May 29, 2012).