A number of judges on federal appeals courts in the past few weeks have announced plans to take senior status—but the exits aren’t expected to result in major ideological changes on those courts.

Judges Richard Paez and William Fletcher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit have both announced plans to step back from their seats once the Senate confirms their replacements. Judge James Dennis of the Fifth Circuit will also take senior status, joined by Judge Bernice Donald of the Sixth Circuit. And the Judge Beverly Martin of the Eleventh Circuit plans to retire at the end of September, telling NLJ affiliate the Daily Report she hopes to help those “who are serving needlessly harsh sentences.”

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