D. Brock Hornby retires from the U.S. District Court in Maine
On February 28, D. Brock Hornby of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine assumed inactive senior status after thirty-six years of service. A court statement on Hornby’s career is available here.
Hornby was appointed to the District of Maine in 1990 and served as Chief Justice from 1996 to 2003. He previously served as a Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine and United States Justice of the Peace for the District of Maine.
Senator Angus King of Maine paid tribute to Hornby before the US Senate on March 1:
“During his distinguished career, Justice Hornby presided over thousands of criminal and civil cases. Some have made headlines, others only impact those involved, but in all of his cases his colleagues say he has brought a sense of fairness to the judiciary. Judge Hornby was instrumental in changing strict federal sentencing guidelines, allowing judges to use their discretion to convict defendants before them.
Throughout his career, Justice Hornby has been a fair and neutral arbiter of the law, offering respect to all who entered his courtroom. Although his insight, intelligence and experience on the bench will be missed, he has earned this retirement. I extend my best wishes to Judge Hornby and thank him again for his unwavering service – the State of Maine is fortunate to call him one of ours.