Civil Rights Defender Judge Thelton Henderson Retires After More than 30 Years on the Bench

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Judge Thelton Henderson in his chambers during an interview with KQED's Scott Shafer. (Photo: Monica Lam/KQED)

Judge Thelton Henderson is retiring this year from his post as a U.S. District Court Judge in Northern California, saying that at 83-years-old he doesn’t have the stamina to do the job like he used to. The federal judge spent decades on the bench and was a staunch defender of civil rights, presiding over high-profile cases focused on abuse in California prisons and conduct within the Oakland Police Department. We'll discuss Henderson's career and legacy with Bob Egelko, legal affairs reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. And we'll also hear a recent interview guest host Scott Shafer conducted with Henderson in his chambers.


Bob Egelko, legal affairs reporter, San Francisco Chronicle

Thelton Henderson, senior district judge.U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California