Joseph Robert Goodwin

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Joseph Robert Goodwin
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
In office
2007–2012
Preceded byDavid A. Faber
Succeeded byRobert Charles Chambers
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
Assumed office
May 10, 1995
Appointed byBill Clinton
Preceded byRobert Jackson Staker
Personal details
BornJoseph Robert Goodwin
1942 (age 75–76)
Ripley, West Virginia
EducationWest Virginia University (B.S.)
West Virginia University College of Law (J.D.)

Joseph Robert Goodwin (born 1942) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Ripley, West Virginia, Goodwin received a Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia University in 1965 and was in the United States Army Adjutant General Corps during the Vietnam War, from 1965 to 1967. He received a Juris Doctor from West Virginia University College of Law in 1970.

Career[edit]

Goodwin was a city attorney for Ripley from 1971 to 1972, and was than a municipal judge for the city until 1973. He then entered private practice in Charleston, West Virginia, until 1995.

Judicial service[edit]

On February 28, 1995, Goodwin was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia vacated by the retirement of Robert Jackson Staker. Goodwin was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 8, 1995, and received his commission on May 10, 1995. He served as chief judge of the district from 2007 to 2012.

In June 2017, Goodwin rejected prosecutors' proposed plea bargain because he found holding an open jury trial of an accused fentanyl dealer would be in the public interest.[1]

Personal[edit]

Goodwin's son, R. Booth Goodwin, was appointed in 2010 by President Barack Obama to serve as United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia.[2] Goodwin's nephew is former West Virginia Senator Carte Goodwin.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Note, Recent Case: District Court Denies Plea Bargain Due to the Public Interest in Understanding the Opioid Epidemic, 131 Harv. L. Rev. 2073 (2018).
  2. ^ "Alumni Spotight: Robert Booth Goodwin". West Virginia University, College of Business & Economics. Archived from the original on February 8, 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
  3. ^ "Manchin Taps Carte Goodwin for Senate Seat". The State Journal. July 16, 2010. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2011.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert Jackson Staker
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
1995–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
David A. Faber
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
2007–2012
Succeeded by
Robert Charles Chambers