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Second Lincoln judge to retire

December 19, 2003|JIM LOGAN

STANFORD - Lincoln Circuit Court Judge William T. Cain is stepping down from the bench Jan. 1, but he's not going far.

After two decades of service, the judge will officially retire, then go on "senior status," working part time. He's ready for the break.

"It's been a good experience for 20 years," the judge said Thursday, "but it's time to slow down a little bit."

Cain, 61, of Somerset, is the second judge to leave the 28th Circuit Court in six months. Judge Daniel J. Venters announced his resignation in June. He was replaced by Robert E. Gillum, who was elected to the seat in November.

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The 28th Judicial Circuit includes Pulaski, Rockcastle and Lincoln counties.

Cain's interim replacement is likely months away from being named. Chief Justice Joseph Lambert will first convene a judicial nominating committee. That panel will then send the names of three candidates to Gov. Ernie Fletcher, who will select one. That person will serve until a permanent replacement is elected in the general election of fall 2004.

In the meantime, Cain will fill the gap.

"That way they won't have to fill the position right away," he said.

Cain began his legal career in 1978 in private practice before heading to the bench.

"I just hope I've down a good job," he said. "If everyone else thinks I have, I'm proud of that."

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