U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola of the District of Columbia will retire this year, the judge confirmed on Friday.

Facciola, long a leading national voice on electronic-discovery issues, was appointed as a magistrate judge in 1997 and was reappointed to a third term last year. He said he asked to retire effective Dec. 1, but he told the court he could stay on until his successor is sworn in.

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