Atlanta’s long-running judicial vacancy nightmare might be coming to a close.
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There are several longstanding vacancies on Atlanta’s two busy federal courts: the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which hears cases out of Georgia, Alabama and Florida and is allotted 12 judges; and the U.S. District Court, which has 11 judgeships and conducts criminal and civil trials. Here are the vacancies and the judges who once held those seats:
Stanley Birch, who retired from the court on Aug. 29, 2010
J.L. Edmondson, who became a senior judge on July 15, 2012
Clarence Cooper, who became a senior judge on Feb. 9, 2009
Beverly Martin, who was elevated to the 11th Circuit on Jan. 20, 2010
Charles Pannell Jr., who became a senior judge on Jan. 31
Source: U.S. Courts