- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont federal Judge William K. Sessions III is taking senior status after 18 years on the bench.

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says Sessions informed the president on Wednesday.

Leahy says Sessions’ commitment to the rule of law has made him among the most respected federal judges in the country and that the people of Vermont are fortunate he will continue to serve as a senior judge even after a nominee is appointed to replace him.

Sessions was unanimously confirmed to the U.S. District Court in 1995 and served as its chief judge from 2002 to 2010.

He also served on the United States Sentencing Commission and was appointed by President Obama in 2009 to be chairman, which he served for two years.

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