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Longtime Local Judge Passes Away

Judge Mary Lou Robinson has passed away.

On Saturday, it was announced that Robinson, a U.S. federal court judge based in Amarillo, had passed away. Robinson had served as judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas since 1979, after she was nominated for the post by then-President Jimmy Carter.

Robinson’s tenure in Amarillo was honored last year, when the U.S. House and Senate passed a bill to name the Amarillo federal courthouse after Robinson. President Donald Trump signed the bill making the renaming official last year. Robinson, a graduate of the University of Texas Law School, assumed inactive senior status last year, with Trump nominating attorney Matthew J. Kacsmaryk to take Robinson’s seat in 2017. As of right now, no vote has been taken by the Senate to consider Kacsmaryk’s nomination.

Robinson was 92 years old.



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