William Odis Bertelsman

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William Odis Bertelsman (born 1936) is a United States federal judge.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Bertelsman received an A.B. from Xavier University of Ohio in 1958, and a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1961. He was in private practice in Newport, Kentucky from 1962 to 1979, also serving as a Captain in the United States Army from 1963 to 1964. He was a lecturer in the University of Cincinnati College of Law from 1965 to 1972, and an adjunct professor of law at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law beginning in 1989.

On October 11, 1979, Bertelsman was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky created by 92 Stat. 1629. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 26, 1979, and received his commission the next day. He served as chief judge from 1991 to 1998, assuming senior status on February 1, 2001.

Bertelsman provided the Opinion for the case Jones v. Dirty World Entertainment Recordings LLC.

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