- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma judge whose trials included that of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols plans to retire.

State Supreme Court Justice Steven Taylor notified Gov. Mary Fallin by letter that he will retire Dec. 31.

Taylor said he plans to spend more time with his wife. Fallin said Tuesday that Taylor “served the state well” and noted he swore her into office.

Taylor has spent nearly 33 years as a judge, including Nichols’ trial in 2004 when Taylor was a district judge. He was appointed to the state Supreme Court after the trial by then-Gov. Brad Henry and served as chief justice of the state Supreme Court from 2011-2013.

The Judicial Nominating Commission will take applications for nominees to replace Taylor and will submit three nominees to the governor.

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