- Associated Press - Friday, September 23, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - After sitting on the Vermont Supreme Court for nearly 30 years, Justice John Dooley has announced he will retire following the conclusion of his current term.

The 72-year-old told WCAX-TV (https://bit.ly/2d1DqC4 ) on Thursday that he plans to step down in March 2017 while he can still get out and enjoy his retirement. The age limit for a Vermont Supreme Court justice is 90.

Dooley will retire as the high court’s third-longest serving justice after beginning his tenure in 1987. Officials say Dooley likely wrote more opinions than any other Supreme Court justice.

Dooley’s name will forever be linked to many of the state’s landmark cases in recent memory, including 1997’s Vermont v. Brigham, which changed how the state funds schools.

Vermont’s next governor will select Dooley’s replacement.

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Information from: WCAX-TV, https://www.wcax.com

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