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Our federal judge deserves praise for his service

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Aug. 10, 2010 at 3:10 a.m.


We commend U.S. District Judge John Rainey for his dedicated service to the federal court here in Victoria the past 15 years.

The 65-year-old Rainey attained "senor status" on June 11, and that means he will have substantially fewer cases to oversee. In plain words, he is going into semi-retirement.

While we regret seeing Rainey relinquish the main duties of federal judge in the Victoria Division, Southern District of Texas, we also realize he is deserving of the time he wants to now spend on his pastimes, and more importantly, with his family.

What does this mean that Rainey goes into semi-retirement? It means the primary caseload will now be based in Galveston. This decision by the judges of the Southern District was based on caseload numbers. The new judge would preside over the Victoria Division, which includes Victoria County and seven others in the Crossroads Region.

This also means a loss of revenue in terms of motel stays and sales tax from the participants in the various cases held here during the past 15 years.

Meantime, Rainey may be given duties to take care of cases in the Victoria area. That depends on the new judge and how many cases the Victoria Division has. On the other hand, Rainey could be reassigned to another judicial division and the new judge assume the Victoria Division's caseload.

We certainly hope our federal judge can remain here in Victoria. We know until a replacement judge is chosen, Rainey will continue full time as federal judge of the Victoria Division.

With that said, Texas now has seven judicial vacancies. We urge our political parties to name candidates interested in those positions. And we hope the president expedites selection of these important judges.

We wish Judge Rainey well in his future endeavors, and once again, we hope he will stay in Victoria. Regardless, his honorable and dedicated service is commendable.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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