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Encyclopedia > United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (S.D.Fl.) is the federal district court covering the southern part of the state of Florida. The court's jurisdiction comprises the following counties: Broward, Dade, Highlands, Indian River, Martin, Monroe, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie. It has jurisdiction over the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Miami and West Palm Beach. The district comprises 15,197 square miles and approximately 6.3 million people. The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current United States Attorney for the district is R. Alexander Acosta. Map of the boundaries of the United States Courts of Appeals and United States District Courts The United States district courts are the general trial courts of the United States federal court system. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami metropolitan area Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... Broward County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... County slogan: Delivering Excellence Every Day Location of county in the state of Florida County Seat Miami, Florida Area  - Total  - Water 6,297 km² (2,431 mi²) 1,257 km² (485 mi²) 19. ... Highlands County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... Indian River County Courthouse in Vero Beach Indian River County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... Martin County is a county located in the state of Florida. ... Monroe County is a county located in the state of Florida. ... Okeechobee County is a county located in the state of Florida. ... Palm Beach County is a county located in the state of Florida. ... St. ... Nickname: Coordinates: , Country State County Broward Established 27 March 1911 Government  - Type Commission-Manager  - Mayor Jim Naugle Area  - City  36. ... Nickname: Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State County Miami-Dade Incorporated July 28, 1896 Government  - Type Mayor-Commissioner Plan  - Mayor Manny Diaz (I)  - City Manager Pedro G. Hernandez  - City Attorney Jorge L. Fernandez  - City Clerk Priscilla Thompson Area  - City  55. ... Nickname: Location in Palm Beach County and the state of Florida. ... United States Attorneys (also known as federal prosecutors) represent the U.S. federal government in United States district court and United States court of appeals. ...


Famous cases that have been heard in the district include Bush v. Gore, U.S. v. Noriega (the prosecution of the former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega), Gonzalez v. Reno (the Elian Gonzalez case), and U.S. v. Jose Padilla. Holding In the circumstances of this case, any manual recount of votes seeking to meet the December 12 “safe harbor” deadline would be unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. ... For other persons named Noriega, see Noriega (disambiguation). ... Elián González (born December 6, 1993) was a young boy when his mother escaped from Cuba (which has strict laws forbidding emigration) and floated to freedom in Florida. ... José Padilla (also known as Abdullah al-Muhajir) (born 1971) has been declared a terrorist suspect by the United States government. ...


Judges

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has 18 authorized judgeships, filled by judges appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Currently, no seats are vacant. Five judges who have taken senior status are eligible to continue hearing cases; two senior district judges are retired. As of July 1, 2007, the Chief Judge of the district is Judge Federico A. Moreno, succeeding Judge William J. Zloch. President is a title held by many leaders of organizations, companies, trade unions, universities, and countries. ... The seat of Roman Senate in the Roman Forum, Rome A senate is a deliberative body, often the upper house or chamber of a legislature. ... Senior status is a form of semi-retirement for U.S. federal judges. ... Chief Judge is a title that can refer to the highest-ranking judge of a court that has more than one judge. ...


The District Judges (active and senior) sitting as of 2007 are:

Name Appointed Appointed by
Chief Judge Federico A. Moreno 1990   George H.W. Bush
Senior District Judge Joe Oscar Eaton (retired) 1967   Lyndon B. Johnson
Senior District Judge James Lawrence King 1970   Richard Nixon
Senior District Judge William Hoeveler 1977   Jimmy Carter
Senior District Judge Jose Alejandro Gonzalez, Jr. 1978   Jimmy Carter
Senior District Judge James Carriger Paine (retired) 1979   Jimmy Carter
District Judge William J. Zloch 1985   Ronald Reagan
Senior District Judge Kenneth L. Ryskamp 1986   Ronald Reagan
District Judge Donald L. Graham 1991   George H.W. Bush
Senior District Judge Shelby Highsmith 1991   George H.W. Bush
District Judge Kevin Michael Moore 1992   George H.W. Bush
District Judge Ursula Mancusi Ungaro-Benages 1992   George H.W. Bush
District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley 1994   Bill Clinton
District Judge Joan A. Lenard 1995   Bill Clinton
District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks 1997   Bill Clinton
District Judge Alan Stephen Gold 1997   Bill Clinton
District Judge William Dimitrouleas 1998   Bill Clinton
District Judge Patricia A. Seitz 1998   Bill Clinton
District Judge Adalberto Jordan 1999   Bill Clinton
District Judge Paul C. Huck 2000   Bill Clinton
District Judge Jose Martinez 2002   George W. Bush
District Judge Kenneth Marra 2002   George W. Bush
District Judge James I. Cohn 2003   George W. Bush
District Judge Cecilia Altonaga 2003   George W. Bush
District Judge Marcia G. Cooke 2004   George W. Bush

Judges who have served this court include: Order: 41st President Vice President: Dan Quayle Term of office: January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993 Preceded by: Ronald Reagan Succeeded by: Bill Clinton Date of birth: June 12, 1924 Place of birth: Milton, Massachusetts First Lady: Barbara Pierce Bush Political party: Republican George Herbert Walker Bush, KBE (born... “LBJ” redirects here. ... James Lawrence King (born on December 20, 1927 in Miami, Florida) is the senior federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and one of the longest serving federal judges in the entire United States. ... Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. ... For other persons named Jimmy Carter, see Jimmy Carter (disambiguation). ... For other persons named Jimmy Carter, see Jimmy Carter (disambiguation). ... For other persons named Jimmy Carter, see Jimmy Carter (disambiguation). ... Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975). ... Kenneth L. Ryskamp (born August 10, 1932) is a Senior Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. ... Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975). ... Order: 41st President Vice President: Dan Quayle Term of office: January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993 Preceded by: Ronald Reagan Succeeded by: Bill Clinton Date of birth: June 12, 1924 Place of birth: Milton, Massachusetts First Lady: Barbara Pierce Bush Political party: Republican George Herbert Walker Bush, KBE (born... Order: 41st President Vice President: Dan Quayle Term of office: January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993 Preceded by: Ronald Reagan Succeeded by: Bill Clinton Date of birth: June 12, 1924 Place of birth: Milton, Massachusetts First Lady: Barbara Pierce Bush Political party: Republican George Herbert Walker Bush, KBE (born... Order: 41st President Vice President: Dan Quayle Term of office: January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993 Preceded by: Ronald Reagan Succeeded by: Bill Clinton Date of birth: June 12, 1924 Place of birth: Milton, Massachusetts First Lady: Barbara Pierce Bush Political party: Republican George Herbert Walker Bush, KBE (born... Ursula Mancusi Ungaro-Benages is a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida. ... Order: 41st President Vice President: Dan Quayle Term of office: January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993 Preceded by: Ronald Reagan Succeeded by: Bill Clinton Date of birth: June 12, 1924 Place of birth: Milton, Massachusetts First Lady: Barbara Pierce Bush Political party: Republican George Herbert Walker Bush, KBE (born... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... Adalberto Jordan (born in 1961 in Havana, Cuba) is a Federal District Court Judge for the United States District Court in the Southern District of Florida. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... Paul C. Huck is a United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... Cecilia Marie Altonaga (born 2nd January 1962, Baltimore, Maryland, USA) is the first Cuban-American woman to be appointed as a federal judge in the United States. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ...

  • William Marvin (1847-1863)
  • Thomas Jefferson Boynton (1864-1870)
  • John McKinney (1870-1871)
  • James William Locke (1872-1912)
  • John Moses Cheney (1912-1913)
  • Rhydon Mays Call (1913-1927)
  • Lake Jones (1924-1930)
  • Halsted Ritter (1929-1936)
  • Alexander Akerman (1929-1948)
  • Louie Willard Strum (1931-1950)
  • John W. Holland (1936-1969)
  • William Julius Barker (1940-1968)
  • Curtis L. Waller (1940-1943)
  • Dozier A. DeVane (1943-1947)
  • George Whitehurst (1950-1974)
  • Charles Milton Bryan Simpson (1950-1962)
  • Emmett Clay Choate (1954-1974)
  • Joseph Patrick Lieb (1956-1962)
  • David W. Dyer (1961-1966)
  • George C. Young (1961-1966)
  • William A. McRae, Jr. (1961-1962)
  • Charles B. Fulton (1963-1996)
  • William O. Mehrtens (1965-1980)
  • C. Clyde Atkins (1966-1999)
  • Ted Cabot (1966-1971)
  • Peter T. Fay (1970-1976)
  • Norman C. Roettger, Jr. (1972-2003)
  • Sidney Aronovotiz (1976-1997)
  • James W. Kehoe (1979-1998)
  • Edward B. Davis (1979-2000)
  • Alcee Hastings (1979-1989)
  • Eugene P. Spellman (1979-1991)
  • Lenore Carrero Nesbitt (1983-2001)
  • Stanley Marcus (1985-1997)
  • Thomas E. Scott, Jr. (1985-1990)
  • Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. (1993-2003)

This federal district has the dubious distinction of having had more judges removed through impeachment than any other federal district, with a total of two, one-third of all federal district judges so removed.1 William Marvin (April 14, 1808 - July 9, 1902) was the seventh governor of Florida. ... The Scripps National Spelling Bee (formerly known as the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee and commonly referred to simply as the National Spelling Bee) is a highly competitive annual spelling bee run on a not-for-profit basis by The E. W. Scripps Company, held in the ballroom at the... Halsted L. Ritter (14 July 1868 - 15 October 1957) was a Federal District Court Judge for the Southern District of Florida. ... George C. Young (born 1916 in Cincinnati, Ohio). ... Charles Britton Fulton was one of the most prominent jurists of the Federal bench during the 1960s and 1970s. ... Carl Clyde Atkins (November 23, 1914-March 11, 1999) was a judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. ... Peter Thorpe Fay was born in 1929 in Rochester, New York. ... James W. Kehoe (born 1925 in Portsmouth, Virginia). ... Edward Bertrand Davis (born 1933 in West Palm Beach, Florida). ... Alcee Lamar Hastings (born September 5, 1936) is a U.S. politician, who was an impeached and removed federal judge and is currently a member of the House of Representatives representing Floridas 23rd congressional district (map). ...


References

1 List of federal officials impeached The impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton in 1999, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist presiding. ...


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