RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's first African-American federal judge will step down from full-time active status next year.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/10n3lpl) reports that U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer will become a senior judge on March 25, 2014.
The move from active status means the 64-year-old Spencer can take a smaller caseload.
Spencer was appointed to the federal bench in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan. He previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Richmond and in Washington.