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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Federal judges looking for a little holiday cash

The U.S. Senate today is considering a bill that would raise the salaries of federal trial court judges by 50 percent, the Wall Street Journal law blog reports. The measure seeks to raise the salaries of the judges from $165,200 to $247,800. (Click here for more.)

Here in Minnesota, we might think that 50 percent seems like a heckuva' raise. However, it's hard to argue that federal judges shouldn't get substantially more than $165,000 when some newly minted law grads are making that at big law firms. I can't imagine it's easy for federal judges to know that their clerks will probably make more than them in a couple of years.

On the other hand, at least the federal judges don't have to put up with a mouse-infested facility like the even more underpaid state judges in Hennepin County. This, no doubt, has to do with the fact that the federal government, unlike the state, has the death penalty.

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