Wichita, KA: Officials celebrate judge’s 100th birthday
U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown was honored Friday as not just an old judge but a great one. A week after turning 100, Brown stoically sat on the bench for a courtroom ceremony as hundreds of colleagues, friends and family members marked his birthday.
Brown, the oldest federal judge in the nation still hearing cases, was appointed by President John F. Kennedy on April 12, 1962. He presided over one of the most expensive cases in Kansas history — a multimillion-dollar dispute over who owned the helium in natural gas.