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Judge’s Departure Could Tilt Court Right on Environmental Cases

March 5, 2020, 9:00 PM

Judge Thomas B. Griffith’s planned retirement from the D.C. Circuit will make way for a Trump appointee likely to be less favorable toward environmental interests.

Griffith joined the court in 2005 and developed a reputation as a moderate on environmental and administrative law issues. The U.S. Administrative Office of the Courts disclosed his plans in an online listing of judicial vacancies.

“Even though Judge Griffith was appointed by President George W. Bush, advocates for environmental protection will be lucky if a replacement appointment for Judge Griffith is as middle of the road” as he has been, University of California at ...