So, Chiefygate has driven former Chief Justice Frank Williams from his post-retirement seat on the court:
[Chief Justice Paul] Suttell called Williams’ decision to step aside “best for the court.” He said he will not ask Williams to perform any further judicial duties, but that Williams will continue to deliberate and write decisions on cases heard by the court through Oct. 6. “There’s no question that this matter has become a distraction,” he said in a news release. “It is clearly in the best interests of the judiciary that the former Chief Justice be relieved of judicial responsibilities at this time.”
When the court reconvenes Oct. 27, it will operate with four justices until a new associate justice is appointed to make the high court complete, according to Craig Berke, spokesman for the state judiciary.
The peculiarity of Williams’s surprise withdrawal from the Chief Justice office, in December, has certainly taken a bizarre turn. Imagine if this isn’t the reason he made that move two years shy of receiving his full retirement?