Jon O. Newman
|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit|
June 30, 1993 – July 1, 1997
|Preceded by||Thomas Meskill|
|Succeeded by||Ralph Winter|
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit|
June 21, 1979 – July 1, 1997
|Appointed by||Jimmy Carter|
|Preceded by||Seat established|
|Succeeded by||Robert Katzmann|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut|
December 15, 1971 – June 21, 1979
|Appointed by||Richard Nixon|
|Preceded by||William Timbers|
|Succeeded by||José Cabranes|
|Born||1932 (age 84–85)
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Education||Princeton University (BA)
Yale University (LLB)
Jon Ormond Newman (born in New York City in 1932) is a United States federal judge. He has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit since 1979.
Education and legal training
Newman earned his A.B. from Princeton University in 1953 and his law degree from Yale Law School in 1956. After Yale, he clerked for Judge George T. Washington of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and then clerked for U.S. Chief Justice Earl Warren from 1957 to 1958.
He was in private practice from 1958 to 1960 in Hartford, Connecticut and served as a graduate instructor at Trinity College. He also served as a special counsel to the governor of Connecticut in 1960. He was an executive assistant to the United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare from 1961 to 1962 and then joined the staff of U.S. Senator Abraham Ribicoff as Administrative Assistant from 1963 to 1964. He was the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut from 1964 to 1969 when Richard Nixon took office. He entered private practice in Hartford again until 1971 when he was nominated to a federal district judgeship.
Federal judicial service
Newman was nominated by Richard M. Nixon on December 2, 1971, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut vacated by William H. Timbers. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 11, 1971, and received his commission on December 15, 1971. Newman's best-known opinion as a District Judge was an opinion in Abele v. Markle, decided by a three-judge court in 1972, which struck down Connecticut's abortion statute and was seen as a precursor to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade the following year.
Newman's service on the District Court was terminated on June 25, 1979, when Newman was nominated by Jimmy Carter on April 30, 1979, to a newly created seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; Newman was confirmed by the Senate on June 19, 1979, and received his commission on June 21, 1979. He served as Chief Judge from 1993 to 1997 and assumed senior status on July 1, 1997.
On December 8, 2016, at a special ceremony at the Supreme Court of the U.S., Justice Elena Kagan presented to Judge Newman, on behalf of the federal judiciary, the 2016 Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award. The Devitt Award honors an Article III judge who has achieved a distinguished career and made significant contributions to the administration of justice, the advancement of the rule of law, and the improvement of society as a whole.
- Abele v. Markle, 351 F. Supp. 224 (D. Conn. 1972).
- Bennett v. Mukasey - A lawyer cannot take a client's money and then fail to proceed with his case because the client is not paying the bill. The Court sent immigration lawyer to the Grievance Panel for possible violation of ethical rules after the lawyer did not process the appeal of his client because of lack of payment.
- Salinger v. Random House 811 F.2d 90 (2d Cir.1987) - With unpublished works, the right of the author to control publication take precedence over the right of "fair use"
- Rivera v. LaPorte, 896 F.2d 691 (2d Cir. 1990)
- Kadic v. Karadzic, 70 F.3d 232 (2d Cir. 1996) – There was subject matter jurisdiction under the Alien Tort Claim Act, 28 U.S.C.S. § 1350, because aliens brought an action for a tort committed in violation of international law
- Leibovitz v. Paramount Pictures Corp., 137 F.3d 109 (2nd Cir. 1998)
- United States of America v. Cromitie (Williams) (2nd Cir. 2013) (see 2009 Bronx terrorism plot)
- "US Attorney Bulletin" (PDF). DOJ. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
- "United States of America v. Cromitie (Williams)" (PDF). GPO. August 22, 2013.
- Jon O. Newman at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
|New seat||Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit