► U.S. Judge William Castagna: Florida’s 2018 Judicial Geezer Award Winner Print E-mail

► U.S. Judge William Castagna: Florida’s 2018 Judicial Geezer Award Winner


The state of Florida presented William John Castagna with a law license in 1967 after he graduated from the University of Florida School of Law. 


This annual award is presented to the Florida District Court 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.

  • 95-years-old – DOB 1924
  • Appointed by Pres. Carter to District Court in 1979
  • Assumed senior status on June 29, 1992

It should be noted that Billy’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 2019 would be $210,900. Put simply, Billy has been required to work a mere 10 hours a week for the past twenty-seven (27) years.


Had he retired in 1990 when he was eligible, he would have received a lifetime annual pension of $129,500,000. However, by refusing to retire, Billy was entitled to all future pay increases, which subsequently added $81,400.00 to his annual wage and subsequent retirement.


I don’t know about you, but I would not be inclined to allow my legal matter to be decided by someone that is that is a part timer and 94-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.


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


As we speak (ca. May 2019), Billy continues to be employed as a part-time senior status judge for the District Court in Ft. Myers, Florida. 


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