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A 96-year-old federal judge is barred from hearing cases in a bitter fight over her mental fitness

  • Judge Pauline Newman, a 96-year-old federal appeals court judge, has been barred from hearing cases for a year because she refused to undergo medical testing to determine her mental fitness.
  • The suspension comes after an ongoing public dispute over whether Judge Newman should continue serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, with colleagues accusing her of being mentally unfit due to her age. However, Judge Newman maintains she is physically and mentally capable and claims her colleagues have made baseless accusations to force her out.
  • The Federal Circuit's Judicial Council justified the suspension by expressing concerns about her mental fitness and highlighting a troubling backlog of cases. The Judge's lawyers argue that the recommendation ignored evidence from a qualified neurologist and data showing her productivity has not declined.
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