US judge in Mississippi moving toward full retirement
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge in Mississippi will be moving from partial to full retirement in January.
William H. Barbour Jr. became a U.S. district judge in 1983 and was chief judge for the southern district of Mississippi from 1989 to 1996. He became a senior judge in 2006, which is a form of partial retirement. He has continued to hear some cases since then, including one this year about conditions at East Mississippi Correctional Facility.
The current senior judge for the southern district, Daniel P. Jordan III, announced Thursday that Barbour will go on inactive status Jan. 4. Barbour will not start handling any new cases before then.
Jordan calls Barbour a "friend and mentor."
Barbour practiced law in Yazoo City before President Ronald Reagan nominated him to the federal bench.