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April 11, 2011

49 years on the bench

This reminds of the Kingston Trio singing Bad Man's Blunder.

Federal judge, 103, still hearing cases in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. -- In a courtroom in Wichita, the day begins much as it has for the past 49 years: Court is in session, U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown presiding. But what happens next is no longer routine; it's a testament to one man's sheer determination.

As lawyers and litigants wait in respectful silence, Brown, who is 103, carefully steers his power wheelchair behind the bench, his stooped frame almost disappearing behind its wooden bulk. He adjusts under his nose the plastic tubes from the oxygen tank lying next to the day's case documents. Then his voice rings out loud and firm to his law clerk, "Call your case."

Posted by joke du jour at April 11, 2011 07:01 PM

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