Henry Travillion Wingate

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Henry Travillion Wingate
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
Assumed office
Nominated by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by New seat
Personal details
Born (1947-01-06) January 6, 1947 (age 70)
Jackson, Mississippi, United States
Alma mater Yale Law School

Henry Travillion Wingate (born January 6, 1947) is a United States federal judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Wingate received a B.A. from Grinnell College in 1969 and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1972. He was a law clerk, Community Legal Aid, Jackson, Mississippi from 1972 to 1973.


He was in private practice in Jackson in 1973. He was a Lieutenant, Naval Legal Services Office, U.S. Navy from 1973 to 1976. He was a Senior assistant defense counsel from 1973 to 1974. He was a Trial counsel from 1974 to 1976. He was an Adjunct instructor, Golden Gate University from 1975 to 1976. He was an Adjunct lecturer, Tidewater Community College in 1976. He was a Special assistant attorney general of State of Mississippi from 1976 to 1980. He was an Adjunct professor, Mississippi College School of Law from 1978 to 1983. He was an Assistant district attorney of Seventh Circuit Court District, State of Mississippi from 1980 to 1984. He joined the United States Navy Reserve in 1983. He was an assistant U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of Mississippi from 1984 to 1985.

Wingate is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. Wingate was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on September 11, 1985, to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 16, 1985, and received his commission on October 17, 1985. He served as chief judge from 2003–2010.

On September 29, 2016, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals removed Wingate as judge from two cases for continued failure to rule upon pending motions.[1] This was not the first time the Court of Appeals had taken notice of Judge Wingate's judicial backlog; in 2010, the higher court criticized him for taking more than six years to issue a final judgment in a civil case.[2]

Wingate sentenced Chris Epps, former Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) commissioner, to 325 months (19.7 years) for corruption-related crimes.[3] Wingate cited a burglary incident in which Epps, while on bail, attempted to move material from a Flowood, Mississippi residence he previously gave up to the court, as the reason why Wingate gave a sentence that was longer than the one recommended by prosecutors, 13 years.[4]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Journal, ABA. "Federal judge is tossed from two cases for repeated failure to rule on pending motions". ABA Journal. Retrieved 2016-10-07. 
  2. ^ "5th Circuit removes Entergy case from Judge Wingate". The Clarion Ledger. Retrieved 2016-10-07. 
  3. ^ Gates, Jimmie E. (2017-05-25). "Ex-prison chief gets nearly 20-year sentence". USA Today at MSN. Retrieved 2017-05-26. 
  4. ^ Gates, Jimmie E. (2017-05-24). "Chris Epps sentenced to almost 20 years". The Clarion-Ledger. Retrieved 2016-05-27.  "In his decision not to accept the prosecution's 13-year sentence recommendation, Wingate said to do so would ignore the burglary Epps committed while out on bond."

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Preceded by
new seat
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi