Retired Salem judge has conducted 5,000 weddings

February 26, 2015 8:03 PM

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It's been a long time since Richard Barber sentenced a criminal for robbery, assault or murder, but the retired Marion County circuit judge keeps active in one area of a jurist's duty.

Barber — by his own count — officiated his 5,000th wedding this month. Over the course of a 40-plus-year career, that's about two a week, on average.

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