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Friday, June 17, 2016

Judge Max Tobias reconsidering retirement decision

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 4:51 PM

click to enlarge Fourth Circuit Judge Max Tobias.
  • Fourth Circuit Judge Max Tobias.
What was shaping up to be a hot race for an open seat on the state Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal may not happen after all. Fourth Circuit Judge Max Tobias is now reconsidering his announced decision to retire at the end of his current term, which ends Dec. 31.

Tobias, 68, can legally seek another term by qualifying for re-election next month. The primary is set for Nov. 8 — the same day as the presidential election — with a runoff (if necessary) Dec. 10. If he runs and wins another term, state law allows Tobias to serve his full term of 10 years, even though the judicial retirement age is 70. He has served more than three decades on the bench at Civil District Court and at the Fourth Circuit.
When Tobias announced his intention to retire several months ago, it set off a scramble among trial court judges in the New Orleans-based appellate court district. Civil District Court Judges Tiffany Chase and Regina Woods, as well as Criminal Court Judge Laurie White, announced their intentions to seek Tobias’ seat. Campaign teams and fundraisers were in full swing — but now all that may be on hold while Tobias mulls his options.

Tobias confirmed to Gambit that he was all set to retire until he started getting calls from friends and attorneys urging him to run for another term — and that, as some have reported, he is in fact reconsidering his earlier decision to retire. He gave no deadline for making a final decision, but qualifying runs July 20-22.

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