► U.S. Judge William Acker Jr. of Birmingham, AL: Greedy Geezer dies on Bench in 2018 Print E-mail
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U.S. Judge William Acker Jr. of Birmingham, AL: Greedy Geezer dies on Bench in 2018


The state of Alabama presented William Marsh Acker Jr. with a law license in 1950 after he graduated from University of West Virginia School of Law.


This Greedy Dead Geezer award is presented to the California 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 1927
  • 91-years-old when died on bench on June 21, 2018
  • Appointed by Pres. Regan to District Court in 1982
  • Assumed senior status on May 31, 1996

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 2018 would be $208,000. Put simply, Billy was required to work a mere 10 hours a week for the twenty-two (22) 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 Billy’s courtroom after his 90th birthday.


Had he retired in 1997 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, Billy 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 91-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, as you can see from the photo below and to the right, it only took one day afterBilly died for his family 

members to assemble and discard his belongings.




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