Trump could get his first federal judge pick in Mississippi

U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola will take senior status next spring, meaning President Donald Trump could appoint his first federal judge in Mississippi. Guirola, a 65-year-old judge based in Gulfport, wrote a letter to Trump on May 1, informing the president of his intention to take senior status beginning March 23, 2018. Senior status gives longtime federal judges a reduced caseload with the full salary of an active judge. Judges may take senior status if they are 65 years old and have served at least 15 years. “Judge Guirola continues in service as a senior judge,” said Arthur Johnston, clerk of court for the federal court in the Southern District of Mississippi.