► U.S. Judge Owen Panner of Portland, OR; Greedy Geezer dies on Bench in 2018 Print E-mail
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U.S. Judge Owen Panner of Portland, OR; Greedy Geezer dies on Bench in 2018

 

The state of Illinois presented Owen Murphy Panner with a law license in 1949 after he graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Law.

 

This Greedy Dead Geezer award is presented to the Oregon District Court judge who has distinguished himself or herself by refusing to retire from the bench when age eligible and instead opting to die on the bench to increase their salary and/or pension.

 

This Dead Greedy Geezer’s attributes are as follows.

  • DOB 1924
  • 94-years-old when died on bench on December 19, 2018
  • Appointed by Pres. Carter to District Court in 1979
  • Assumed senior status on July 28, 1992

It should be noted that Owen’s choice to take on senior status meant that he was only required to work 10 hours a week while continuing to collect 100% of a full-time judge’s annual salary, which as of 2018 would be $208,000. Put simply, Owen was required to work a mere 10 hours a week for the twenty-six (26) years until they carted him out of the courthouse in a wooden box.

 

Maybe this explains why they kept defibrillators, jumper cables and oxygen tanks near Owen’s courtroom after his 90th birthday.

 

Had he retired in 1999 when he was eligible, he would have received a lifetime annual pension of $136,700,00. However, by refusing to retire and opting to die on the bench, Owen was entitled to all future pay increases, which subsequently added $71,300.00 to his annual wage and subsequent retirement.

 

I’m sure that almost all government employees would have been more than happy to have retired at age 65 with a lifetime pension of $136,700.00. Moreover, unlike every other federal employee, judges do not make any contribution to their retirement that pays them 100% of their annual salary.

 

I don’t know about you, but I would not be inclined to have had my legal matter to be decided by someone that was a part timer and 90-years-old. And that’s not to mean that I have anything against senior citizens. However, for Congress to allow this to happen is farcical at best. Moreover, unlike every other federal employee, judges do not make any contribution to their retirement that pays them 100% of their annual salary.

 

And lastly, as you can see from the photo to the right and below, it only took one day after Owen died for his surviving family members to assemble to discard his belongings.

 
 

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