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Justice Voigt to leave Wyoming Supreme Court

Aug 27, 2013 - The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- Justice Barton Voigt says he's planning to retire in January from the Wyoming Supreme Court.

Voigt is 64 and says the timing seems right to retire.

His 12 years on the high court have included four years as chief justice from 2006-2010.

Voigt has weighed in on several high-profile issues before the Supreme Court, including school-finance reform and term limits, but declined in an interview Tuesday to single out any case as especially significant. He says every case is significant to those involved.

Voigt was a district judge for eight years and presided over the trial for Aaron McKinney, one of two men sentenced to life in prison for killing gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in 1998.

Voigt says he has no political aspirations and may move to Florida.

Voigt was raised in Thermopolis. He obtained a B.A. and M.A. in American History, as well as a J.D., at the University of Wyoming.

He practiced law in his home town for ten years, serving as Hot Springs County and Prosecuting Attorney for two terms.

After two years as a county judge in Gillette, he was for eight years a district judge in Douglas. He was appointed to the Supreme Court on March 29, 2001, and served as Chief Justice from July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2010.

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