John Thomas Marten

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John Thomas Marten
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas
Assumed office
May 1, 2017
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas
In office
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
In office
January 4, 1996 – May 1, 2017
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Patrick F. Kelly
Personal details
Born John Thomas Marten
1951 (age 65–66)
Topeka, Kansas
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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Notable case[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]

Hobbies[edit]

Judge Marten is an avid reader and an accomplished musician and songwriter.[citation needed]

References[edit]

Sources[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Patrick F. Kelly
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas
1996–2017
Vacant
Preceded by
Kathryn H. Vratil
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas
2014–2017
Succeeded by
Julie A. Robinson