August 27, 2014 4:26 PM

How old is too old for judges?

Chief Justice Sarah Parker is retiring this week after 21 years on the N.C. Supreme Court. Parker, who is from Charlotte, has served ably as an N.C. judge for more than three decades, and there’s no indication that her abilities have diminished in recent years. Yet she is being forced to step down by an N.C. law that makes judges leave the bench by the last day of the month in which they turn 72.

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