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O'Scannlain to take senior status on Ninth Circuit

Wednesday, September 28, 2016  
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Judge Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain has announced that he plans to step down at the end of the year as an active judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

O'Scannlain's announcement means the winner of the upcoming presidential election is likely to be greeted with four vacancies on the nation's largest federal appellate court.

O'Scannlain, 79, of Portland, Oregon, announced his intention to assume senior status to President Barack Obama on Sept. 26, the 30th anniversary of his commission to the court. O'Scannlain, an appointee of President Ronald Reagan, has been regarded as one of the most conservative voices on the Ninth Circuit and a strong advocate for splitting the court.

The Ninth Circuit, which encompasses Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana and Oregon, is the largest federal circuit both in terms of population and land mass covered.