After 12 years on the Ventura County bench, Superior Court Judge James McNally is hanging up his black robe.
The 60-year-old jurist learned Tuesday that he has been granted an early retirement for medical reasons.
Diagnosed with polio as a teen-ager, he is suffering from Post Polio Syndrome, McNally said in an interview. He also has some coronary problems, he said.
"My physicians were telling me years ago that this is not a good idea," the affable judge said of his high-stress job.
But even McNally was surprised Tuesday, when officials from the state Commission on Judicial Performance phoned to give him the good news about his request for early retirement, made in September.