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|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York|
June 1, 2016
|Preceded by||Loretta A. Preska|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York|
October 22, 1998
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||John F. Keenan|
|Born||1951 (age 64–65)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
|Alma mater||Ohio State University
Harvard Law School
Colleen McMahon (born 1951) is the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, McMahon received a B.A. from Ohio State University in 1973 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1976. She was in private practice in New York from 1976 to 1995, except for a period from 1979 to 1980 when she was a speechwriter and special assistant to the Hon. Donald McHenry, the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations. She was a judge on the New York Court of Claims, New York Supreme Court, from 1995 to 1998.
Federal judicial service
On May 21, 1998, McMahon was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York vacated by John F. Keenan. McMahon was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 21, 1998, and received her commission the next day. She became Chief Judge on June 1, 2016.
Among the cases over which she has presided is a defamation case brought by Drug Enforcement Administration agents against the makers of the film American Gangster, which was alleged to have portrayed such agents as being corrupt.
She was also the Judge in the case of the so-called Newburgh four involving FBI agent Robert Fuller who was the handler of the informant in the case, Shahed Hussain. In that case, at sentencing she pointed out that the FBI played a key role. She said: "It created acts of terrorism out of his fantasies of bravado and bigotry, and then made those fantasies come true." And she added: "Only the government could have made a terrorist out of Mr. Cromitie, whose buffoonery is positively Shakespearean in scope."
- "Where Are They Now?". The Ohio State University. Retrieved June 23, 2014.
- "DEA agents sue over 'American Gangster'". WPRI. Archived from the original on February 8, 2008.
- "American Gangster lawsuit dismissed". ABC News/Reuters. February 18, 2008.
- Aaronson, Trevor (2013). Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism. Ig Publishing. p. 150. ISBN 9781935439615.
- Aaronson, Trevor (2013). Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism. Ig Publishing. p. 142. ISBN 9781935439615.
- Colleen McMahon at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Loretta A. Preska
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
John F. Keenan
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
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