Always speculated, never admitted. Until Now
Associated Press: Judges conspire for the sake of politics
Today, according to the Associated Press, a South Dakota judge seems to be admitting that it's the sole reason he's hanging on:
Read all of this earth shattering artcle here at the Aberdeen Amercian News.
U.S. District Judge Charles Kornmann, 69, put off his retirement after two fellow Democratic judges agreed to share his workload - a move that could allow someone from their party to get Kornmann's job if a Democrat is elected president in 2008.
Kornmann and one of the other judges acknowledged the arrangement in interviews with The Associated Press. Joseph Haas, the federal clerk of court for South Dakota, also confirmed some of the Kornmann's caseload was reallocated last fall.
"The other judges don't want me to retire," Kornmann said. "I don't plan to do anything for a time. I could have taken senior status in September but in view of them helping out that much, I decided not to do it."
When asked why they helped, Kornmann joked: "They think I'm such a wonderful judge. It has nothing to do with who the president is."
He added: "It might have something to do with it."
Schreier declined to comment on whether she wants to keep Kornmann's seat from slipping into Republican hands.
Piersol said, "I would just say we're helping Judge Kornmann out. What he does is up to him."
Wow. I have to give big props to the AP. I don't know that I've ever observed the South Dakota press put federal judges on the hotseat for their political leanings. There is LOTS more of this story in the article - go read it on-line NOW, or be prepared to pick up your newspaper in the AM.