By Faith Karimi , CNN Written by
A federal judge in Kansas has resigned following allegations of sexual misconduct and mental instability.
The US Commission on Judicial Conduct requested, and judge Julie Robinson accepted, the US Department of Justice to appoint a federal district court judge in Iowa to lead the Kaufman federal district in Wichita, Kansas.
"Judge Robinson has suffered significant mental illness and has lost her capacity to serve as a federal judge," the commission stated.
"Although they may not concern judicial matters, the allegations of judges in various courts are of particular concern to the Commission."
"Cases will be assigned to a new judge pending judicial confirmation, at which time Judge Robinson may file a request to be restored to service on the Court or for leave of absence. If a motion for leave of absence is filed, a full hearing will be held on the merits."
Paid sick leave for federal judges
The Obama administration expanded paid sick leave for federal workers in 2013 and followed that up with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) release of the 2014 and 2015 salaries of federally appointed judges, showing that the median salaries for federal court judges and federal appeals court judges reached a high of $205,000.
The BLS also showed judges were among the first federal employees to receive a raise under President Donald Trump, receiving a 1.5% bump to $207,000 for 2017 and additional raises of 3% to 4% for the following two years.
However, federal judges currently only earn a 2% raise each year until retirement, by way of a formula established in 1991 that used the 10-year average of a federal judge's previous pay for salaries.
By law, federal judges must serve until retirement age age of 70.