Longest-serving federal judge, named by LBJ, retires at 98

In this March 4, 2011 file photo, federal Judge Jack Weinstein speaks with reporters after visiting the Louis Armstrong housing projects in Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

NEW YORK (Daily News) — A federal judge in New York City who was nominated by President Lyndon Johnson is retiring at age 98.

U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein was known for favoring lenient sentences and rehabilitation.

The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that he retired this week after moving his remaining cases to his fellow jurists in the federal court based in Brooklyn. The newspaper reported that he was the longest-serving incumbent federal judge.

In 1967, he was the last federal judge named by Johnson. He had contributed to the landmark case that struck down racial segregation in public schools.

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