4th Circuit judge to maintain active status, eliminating vacancy for Biden

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  • U.S. Circuit Judge Robert King backtracked on plans to take senior status
  • Expert calls reversal “unusual” but not unprecedented

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(Reuters) – U.S. Circuit Judge Robert King on Wednesday told the White House he had changed his mind about stepping down from active service on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, eliminating a vacancy President Joe Biden could fill.

King, an appointee of former Democratic President Bill Clinton who has served on the Richmond, Virginia-based appeals court since 1998, said in August he would take senior status on the confirmation of a successor.

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