After months of speculation, excitement and building suspense, the Big Man finally made his decision and I'm sure everyone has heard by now.
Still, here's the official announcement:
A veteran federal judge who has handled some of the hottest cases in South Florida plans to retire in January, but continue in ``senior'' status with a lighter load.U.S. District Judge Alan S. Gold, 66, notified President Barack Obama of his plans in a letter.Gold, a New York native who attended Miami Beach High School, the University of Florida, Duke University School of Law and the University of Miami, was appointed to the federal bench by President Bill Clinton in 1997.
Actually, this is big news.
Judge Gold has served admirably, fairly, and courageously -- his intelligence, impartiality, measured approach and willingness to hear what counsel had to say without lapsing into "robe-itis" made him a top judge in my book.
He's certainly earned senior status though we hope we still draw the good judge from time to time.
Congratulations, your honor, and thank you for your service.