Otis D. Wright II
|Otis D. Wright II|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California|
April 16, 2007
|Appointed by||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Gary L. Taylor|
|Judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court|
|Appointed by||Arnold Schwarzenegger|
|Preceded by||Lorna Parnell|
|Alma mater||California State University at Los Angeles (B.A.)
Southwestern Law School (J.D.)
Otis D. Wright II (born 1944) is a United States District Judge on the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Early life and education
Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, Wright received a B.A. from California State University at Los Angeles in 1976 and a J.D. from Southwestern Law School in 1980. He was in the United States Marine Corps from 1963 to 1966, remaining in the United States Marine Corps Reserve until 1969. He was a deputy sheriff in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department from 1969 to 1980. He was a deputy attorney general in the Office of the Attorney General, California Department of Justice from 1980 to 1983. He was in private practice in Los Angeles, California from 1983 to 2005.
On October 28, 2005, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he would be appointing Wright to serve as a judge on the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Wright replaced Judge Lorna Parnell.
Wright was nominated to the United States District Court for the Central District of California by President George W. Bush on January 9, 2007, to a seat vacated by Gary L. Taylor. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 15, 2007, and received his commission on April 16, 2007.
Ingenuity 13, LLC v. John Doe
On May 6, 2013, Judge Wright imposed sanctions against Prenda Law, a copyright trolling law firm, and four of its attorneys, for "brazen misconduct and relentless fraud." In an order replete with Star Trek references, Wright ordered the firm, its attorneys, and its "clients" to pay $81,319.72 in fees and costs to attorneys for defendant John Doe; Wright also referred them to the U.S. Attorney's office and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division for possible criminal prosecution. The sanctions weren't paid as ordered, so on May 21, 2013, Wright ordered each sanctioned party to pay an additional $1,000 per day, in addition to the previously-ordered $81,319.72, and ordered them to explain why they didn't pay, on pain of possible additional sanctions.
- Kenneth Ofgang, Superior Court Judge Otis D. Wright II Confirmed to U.S. District Court for Central District of California, Metropolitan News-Enterprise (March 19, 2007).
- Governor Schwarzenegger Appoints Five to Los Angeles County Superior Court, Press Release: Office of the Governor (October 28, 2005).
- Otis D. Wright II at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- Prenda hammered: Judge sends porn-trolling lawyers to criminal investigators, arstechnica.com
- Masnick, Mike (May 21, 2013). "Bad Day For Prenda Continues: Judge Rejects Stay, Adds $1k Per Day For Each Day They Don't Pay Up". TechDirt. Retrieved May 21, 2013.