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Va.'s first black U.S. judge to become senior judge

Monday - 4/29/2013, 9:18am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia's first African-American federal judge will step down from full-time active status next year.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch ( reports that U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer will become a senior judge on March 25, 2014.

The move from active status means the 64-year-old Spencer can take a smaller caseload.

Spencer was appointed to the federal bench in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan. He previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Richmond and in Washington.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,

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