Longtime federal judge Skopil dies at 93
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced Saturday that Judge Otto R. Skopil Jr. passed away at his home in Portland on Thursday night. He was 93.
Skopil was appointed to the federal bench in 1972 by President Richard Nixon. He served as the chief U.S. judge in the state from 1976 to 1979, when President Jimmy Carter named him to the appeals court.
He served as a federal judge for more than 40 years and continued writing opinions until last year.