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Federal judge Robert Hinkle going “senior,” but not retiring

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Don’t call it a retirement. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle of Tallahassee moves to senior status on Monday – not that that really changes anything, he says. “Our district’s caseload has increased a great deal over the last 30 years, but the number of authorized judgeships has remained at four,” Hinkle said in an email. He sits in the Northern District of Florida; the state has three federal trial-court districts. “When a judge takes senior status, the judge can keep working as much…

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