Judge Wiseman to Retire After 35 Years on Bench

After 35 years of service, U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Wiseman is leaving the bench, the Tennessean reports. Wiseman, 82, was appointed in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter, and helped Middle Tennessee navigate the long legal journal to progress on race, health care for the poor and the war on drugs. He tentatively plans to leave office this Friday. He leaves a legacy as a “very careful, humane and wise judge, a model for other judges to follow,” said Gilbert Merritt, 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals senior judge.