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U.S. Judge Damon Keith of Cincinnati: 2018 6th Circuit Court Geezer Award Winner

 

The state of Ohio presented Damon Keith with a law license in 1956 after he graduated from Wayne State University School of Law.

This annual award is presented to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeal judge who has distinguished himself or herself by refusing to retire from the bench even though in most instances they are holder than dirt.

 

The 2018 Geezer award winner’s attributes are as follows.

  • 97-years-old – DOB 1922
  • Appointed by Pres. Lyndon Johnson to District Court in 1967
  • Appointed by Pres. Carter to 6th Circuit in 1977
  • Assumed senior judicial status on May 1, 1995

It should be noted that Damon’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 was $208,000. Put simply, Damon has been required to work a mere 10 hours a week for the past twenty-nine (29) years.

 

Had he retired in 1995 when he was eligible, he would have received a lifetime annual pension of $133,600. However, by taking on Senior Status in 1990, damon was entitled to all future pay increases, which subsequently added $74,400 to his annual wage and subsequent retirement.  

 

And more importantly, how would you like to have your work week reduced to 10 hours and still get paid for a 40-hour week? Sorry boys and girls, this obscene benefit is only available to federal judges.

 

I don’t know about you, but I would not be inclined to allow my legal matter to be decided by someone that is a part timer and 97-years-old. And that’s not to mean that I have anything against senior citizens. For Congress to allow this to happen is farcical at best. 

 

And lastly, maybe this explains why they keep defibrillators, oxygen tanks and jumper cables near Damon’s courtroom.

 

As we speak (ca. December 2019), Damon continues to be employed as a part-time senior status judge for the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

 

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