- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2016

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - A federal judge appointed by President George W. Bush in 2003 is going to scale back his duties.

Court officials announced Thursday that District Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. has told the president that he intends to assume senior status a year from now.

Senior status allows veteran judges to retire but continue working with a reduced caseload. Judges George Z. Singal and D. Brock Hornby also enjoy senior status and occasionally hear cases.

The Bangor native was a member of the firm of Weatherbee, Woodcock, Burlock & Woodcock before being appointed by Bush in 2003. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the University of Maine School of Law. He also holds a graduate degree from the London School of Economics.

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