Detroit federal judge to step down, creating vacancy for BIden to fill

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Detroit U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts will step down from her Detroit post and take senior status, opening up an opportunity for President Joe Biden to make one of his first federal court appointments. 

The 69-year-old appointee of former President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, said Wednesday her move to senior status will take effect Feb. 24. She was appointed to Michigan’s Eastern District in 1998.

Roberts will handle a reduced caseload while her position is filled by Biden’s appointee, according to a statement from the Eastern District Court of Michigan that was released a little more than 90 minutes after Biden, a Democrat, took the oath of office and became president. 

“It has been my honor to serve,” Roberts said in her Wednesday letter to Biden. “With respect, I congratulate you on your election as the 46th President of the United States, and Kamala Harris on her election as Vice President.”

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