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Roanoke’s Judge Wilson to give up bench

U.S. District Judge Samuel G. Wilson has announced he will retire later this year and give up the bench entirely to teach at a college in Taiwan.

Wilson tells The Roanoke Times he is looking to “put the power down and see the world the way everyone else sees it.”

He plans to teach American criminal justice at National Taiwan University, the paper reports.

Wilson’ retirement is effective Aug. 1, a day after he turns 65.

Wilson was only 40 when he was named to the court in 1990 – the youngest ever to become a federal judge in the Western District of Virginia.

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