Last Federal Judge appointed by Jimmy Carter dies at 87
Reinhardt, who served on the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, died of a heart attack during a visit to his dermatologist, according to spokesman David Madden.
One of the last remaining federal judges appointed by then-President Jimmy Carter, nearly four decades ago, Reinhardt emerged as a staunch critic of the Trump administration’s deportation policies
and travel ban in the final years of his life.
“We have lost a wonderful colleague and friend. As a judge, he was deeply principled, fiercely passionate about the law and fearless in his decisions,” Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas of the 9th Circuit said in a statement.
“He will be remembered as one of the giants of the federal bench. He had a great life that ended much too soon,” Thomas said.
Trump has slammed the court as being liberal and a symbol of “a broken and unfair” court system.
Reinhardt’s passing leaves a progressive vacancy on the court for Trump to potentially fill with a conservative vote.”
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