Herbert Allan Fogel

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Herbert Allen Fogel
Judge of the United States District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania
In office
May 15, 1973 – May 1, 1978
Nominated by Richard Nixon
Preceded by Ralph C. Body
Succeeded by James Tyrone Giles
Personal details
Born 1929
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania,
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Profession Lawyer

Herbert Allan Fogel (born 1929) is a former United States federal judge.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Fogel received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1949 and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1952. He was a law clerk for the Court of Common Pleas for Philadelphia County from 1952 to 1954, and a law clerk to the Hon. Vincent Caroll from 1954 to 1959. Fogel thereafter entered private practice in Philadelphia until 1973, also serving as a deputy state attorney general of the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission from 1963 to 1970.

On February 13, 1973, Fogel was nominated by President Richard Nixon to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania vacated by Ralph C. Body. Fogel was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 14, 1973, and received his commission on May 15, 1973. In 1978 he was investigated about a relative's government contract, during which he invoked the 5th Amendment. He was never convicted but he resigned from the bench on May 1, 1978.[1]

After resigning from his judgeship, Fogel owned a bar in Roxborough.[2] In 1989, Fogel pleaded guilty to four charges of drunk driving, and was sentenced to spend a year at the Talbott/Marsh Recovery Clinic in Atlanta.[2] Fogel left after only five months, moving to Nashville, Tennessee, where he was eventually jailed as a fugitive and returned to Pennsylvania, to be sentenced to prison.[2]



  1. ^ http://www2.fjc.gov Why Judges Resign: Influences on Federal Judicial Service, 1789 to 1992 (1993), page 31, [1]
  2. ^ a b c Susan Caba, "Ex-judge, Ex-fugitive, Fogel Is Sent To Prison[dead link]", The Philadelphia Inquirer (July 04, 1991).
Legal offices
Preceded by
Ralph C. Body
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
James T. Giles