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Citing pay, U.S. District Court judge in Riverside steps down

September 17, 2009 | 11:19 am

U.S. District Court Judge Stephen G. Larson, who oversaw the controversial Duroville mobile home park case along with the Barbie vs Bratz toy lawsuit, is resigning to go into private practice, saying that the job doesn’t pay enough to support his wife and seven children.

“The costs associated with raising our family are increasing significantly, while our salary remains stagnant and, in terms of its purchasing power, is actually declining,” he said in a statement.

Larson, appointed by former President George W. Bush, has worked in the court’s central district in Riverside since 2005. He will step down Nov. 2.

Chief Judge Audrey B. Collins, who made the announcement, said the central district serves more people than any other federal trial court and is facing a crisis in retaining judges due to heavy caseloads and stagnant wages.

--David Kelly from Riverside

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