John P. Fullam

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John P. Fullam (born December 10, 1921) was a judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Born in Gardenville, Pennsylvania Fullam graduated from Villanova University in 1942. From 1942 to 1948 Fullam served in the United States Navy Reserves. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1948. From 1948 to 1960 he worked in private practice in Bristol, Pennsylvania. From 1960 to 1966 he was a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas for Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In 1966 President Lyndon Johnson appointed Fullam to the Eastern District. He served as Chief Judge from 1986 to 1990 and assumed senior status on April 1, 1990. He announced plans to step down from the bench on April 15, 2011.[1]

Notable Cases[edit]

During his 45 years on the Federal bench, Fullam presided over such cases as the bankruptcy of the Penn Central Transportation Company, the largest corporate bankruptcy at that time, and the Abscam political corruption probe.


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