- Associated Press - Saturday, December 21, 2019

DETROIT (AP) - A 95-year-old Detroit federal judge decided to stop hearing cases after 40 years on the bench.

“Most judicial systems have a mandatory retirement age,” Avern Cohn said Friday. “While I don’t believe in mandatory retirement, there comes a time in the course of one’s work that they retire and let their work be borne by younger persons.”

Cohn won’t be in a courtroom, but he’ll still be around the courthouse in downtown Detroit.

He was a lawyer in private practice when President Jimmy Carter appointed him to federal court in 1979, although Cohn’s career has included many public service roles.

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