Longtime US Judge Charles Lovell is leaving his Helena bench

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U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell, left, with Brian Morris, center, and U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen, gather before the swearing-in ceremony of Morris as a federal judge in this file photo. 

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Charles C. Lovell

After 36 years of service in the District of Montana, Senior U.S. District Court Judge Charles C. Lovell is leaving his Helena bench.  

Lovell, 91, has assumed inactive senior status, which means he will keep his title but relinquish his pending caseload and no longer maintain a chambers in the Helena Division. 

“Judge Lovell is an institution in the District of Montana, and his absence will be felt throughout the federal court family,” a press release from the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana says. “The judges and staff of the District of Montana deeply appreciate Judge Lovell’s contribution to the administration of justice in Montana.”

Lovell stepped down as an active judge at age 70 on

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