President Barack Obama has another opportunity to nominate a Texan for the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals now that Judge Emilio Garza has announced he will take senior status as of Aug. 1. Garza, nominated by then-President George H.W. Bush, has served on the 5th Circuit since 1991. He did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Kyle Boudreau, a 5th Circuit spokesman, says Garza sent a letter to the White House on Jan. 1 notifying Obama of his plan to take senior status. But Garza of San Antonio isn’t the only 5th Circuit judge taking senior status this year. Judge Fortunato “Pete” Benavides of Austin will take senior status next month.
-- John Council