John Thomas Marten
- See also John Marten (academic) (died 1473), Master of University College, Oxford, England.
|John Thomas Marten|
|Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas|
May 1, 2017
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas|
April 22, 2014 – May 1, 2017
|Preceded by||Kathryn H. Vratil|
|Succeeded by||Julie A. Robinson|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas|
January 4, 1996 – May 1, 2017
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||Patrick F. Kelly|
|Born||John Thomas Marten
1951 (age 65–66)
|Education||Washburn University B.A.
Washburn University School of Law J.D.
John Thomas Marten (born 1951) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas.
Education and career
Born in Topeka, Kansas, Marten received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washburn University in 1973 and a Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law in 1976. He was a law clerk to former Associate Justice Tom C. Clark of the Supreme Court of the United States while Clark had senior status and was a visiting judge on several United States Courts of Appeals from 1976 to 1977. He was in private practice in Omaha, Nebraska from 1977 to 1980, then in Minneapolis, Minnesota until 1981, and then in McPherson, Kansas until 1996.
Federal judicial service
On October 18, 1995, Marten was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Kansas vacated by Patrick F. Kelly. Marten was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 2, 1996, and received his commission on January 4, 1996. He served as Chief Judge from April 22, 2014 to May 1, 2017. He assumed senior status on May 1, 2017.
On August 15, 2013 Judge Marten held that an abortion opponent’s letter to a Wichita doctor stating that someone might place an explosive under her car, absent sufficient contextual evidence indicating an imminent threat, is constitutionally protected speech and not a "true threat" under existing law. Judge Marten noted that the government supplied no evidence that actual violence against Dr. Mila Means was likely or imminent, especially since after receiving the letter the doctor changed plans to provide abortion services in Kansas.
Judge Marten is an avid reader and an accomplished musician and songwriter.
- "United States v. Dillard, 898 F. Supp. 2d 1169 (D. Kan. 2013).".
- "Judge sides with abortion opponent over alleged threat - Ruling says no evidence of real threat provided". Topeka Capital Journal. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
Patrick F. Kelly
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas
Kathryn H. Vratil
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas
Julie A. Robinson
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