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Judge who was on salmon lawsuit supports removal of dams

A federal judge who used to preside over a salmon lawsuit involving tribes supports the removal of dams from the Columbia River.

Judge James A. Redden never ordered the removal of the dams. But when he presided over the case, he rejected plans by the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations, saying they weren't thorough enough in addressing endangered runs of salmon.

“I think that we need to take those dams down,” Redden said in a documentary to be aired this summer, The New York Times reported.

Redden handed the lawsuit to another judge last fall.

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Now Off Case, Judge Weighs In on Dams (The New York Times 4/27)

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