Anthony Joseph Scirica
Anthony Joseph Scirica (born December 16, 1940) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Education and career
Scirica was born on December 16, 1940, in Norristown, Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University in 1962. He received a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1965. He was a Fulbright scholar at Central University of Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela in 1966. He was in private practice of law in Norristown from 1966 to 1980. He was an assistant district attorney of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania from 1967 to 1969. He was a Republican Pennsylvania State Representative from 1971 to 1979. He was a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas, Montgomery County from 1980 to 1984.
Federal judicial service
Scirica was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on June 19, 1984, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania vacated by Judge John Berne Hannum. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 17, 1984, and received commission on September 18, 1984. His service was terminated on September 11, 1987, due to elevation to the Third Circuit.
Scirica was nominated by President Reagan on June 26, 1987, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated by Judge Ruggero J. Aldisert. He was confirmed by the Senate on August 5, 1987, and received commission on August 6, 1987. He served as Chief Judge from 2003 to 2010. He took senior status on July 1, 2013.
Scirica wrote a dissent in the Prometheus Radio Project v. FCC case. He authored the unanimous opinion in the Winer Family Trust v. Queen private securities fraud class action. He authored In re Resorts Int'l,Inc. a seminal decision regarding the scope of bankruptcy subject matter jurisdiction after a company that was in chapter 11 emerges from bankruptcy. Scirica wrote the opinion for the unanimous Third Circuit panel affirming, for the most part, the convictions of Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly for their roles in the closure of Fort Lee access lanes to the George Washington Bridge for political reasons, in what came to be known as the Bridgegate scandal.
His former law clerks include Gregory G. Garre, a former-United States Solicitor General, and Magistrate Judge Timothy R. Rice.
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- 372 F.3d 154 (3rd Cir. 2004)
- Anthony Joseph Scirica at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
John Berne Hannum
| Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Lowell A. Reed Jr.
Ruggero J. Aldisert
| Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Luis Felipe Restrepo
Edward Roy Becker
| Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit