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Senior JudgeH. Russel HollandAnchorageBorn 1936Active 1984–2001Chief 1989–1995Senior 2001–presentAppointed by Reagan
So I see his insane court ruling and look him up.
Says he should have been retired years ago. BUT there is a clause in there contract that allows Senior service.
Senior status is a form of semi-retirement for United States federal judges and judges in some state court systems.
To qualify, a judge must be at least 65 years of age, and the combination of the judge's age and years of service in federal courts must be at least 80 years.
When that happens, they receive the full salary of a judge but have the option to take a reduced caseload, although many senior judges choose to continue to work full-time. Additionally, senior judges do not occupy seats; instead, their seats become vacant, and the president may appoint new full-time judges to fill their spots.
Depending on how heavy a caseload they carry, senior judges remain entitled to maintain a staffed office, including a secretary and one or more law clerks.
https://www.fjc.gov/history/judges/holland-hezekiah-russel
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senior_status
> So this person has really been retired since 2001 but qualified for doing whatever he likes at full salary with a staffed office. Amazing to me.

> So what did he decide from the bench?

> The decision came in a 2018 case filed against the state by Jennifer Fletcher,
A Juneau woman who sued the state of Alaska for sex discrimination won her case on Friday.
Jennifer Fletcher is a state legislative librarian. She’s also transgender. And she paid thousands in out-of-pocket costs for surgical treatment, because the state’s health insurance won’t cover sexual reassignment surgery for transgender employees.
Fletcher and her lawyers at Lambda Legal said that this violates Title VII — the federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination.
They argued that the surgeries she wanted to get would have been covered if she weren’t transgender — and that’s discrimination based on her sex.
They argued that a federal ban on sex discrimination includes discrimination based on gender nonconformity, gender identity, transgender status and gender transition.
The state argued that its denial of coverage for Fletcher’s surgery wasn’t discriminatory because it was not motivated by her sex.
It’s a blanket policy that applies equally to men and women.
But U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland agreed with Fletcher. However, the decision could be appealed to a higher court.
 

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"They argued that the surgeries she wanted to get would have been covered if she weren’t transgender".......I'm trying to understand this. Are they saying if a woman wanted to get her penis cut off and turned into a vagina it would be covered?
 

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Tranny surgery is an elective surgery. There is no medical need for it, therefore it is not covered by insurance. The same goes for breast enlargement surgery, tummy tucks, butt lifts, etc. Now most insurance policies do cover psychiatric services, which is what Jennifer Fletcher should have filed a claim for.
 
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