Paul J. Barbadoro

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Paul James Barbadoro (born June 4, 1955) is a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Paul grew up in Acton, Massachusetts. Barbadoro graduated from Gettysburg College in 1977 and earned a J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1980. He was a New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General from 1980 to 1984, and was counsel to Senator Warren Rudman from 1984 to 1986. After a brief stint in private practice in Concord, New Hampshire, he served as Deputy chief counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan Opposition, during the Iran-Contra scandal in 1987. He returned to private practice in Concord from 1986 until he was appointed to the federal bench by in 1992.

Barbadoro is a federal judge, nominated by President George H.W. Bush on September 9, 1992, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire vacated by Shane Devine. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 8, 1992, and received his commission the next day. He served as chief judge from 1997 to 2004.

More recently, in March 2008, Barbadoro was brought in from New Hampshire as a visiting judge to handle the case of former governor of Puerto Rico Aníbal Acevedo Vilá. The governor was indicted on 21 federal charges and due to the extensive coverage of case in the local media it was thought that Barbadoro would be a better choice for the case.[citation needed]