|Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia|
July 11, 2007
|Appointed by||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Claude M. Hilton|
|Born||1950 (age 66–67)
Newark, New Jersey
|Alma mater||Franklin & Marshall College
George Mason University School of Law
Liam O'Grady (born 1950) is a United States federal judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Early life and education
He was in private practice in Virginia from 1992 to 2003. He was an Assistant commonwealth's attorney for the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1982 to 1986. He was an assistant U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of Virginia from 1986 to 1992.
He was a United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia from 2003 to 2007.
Federal judicial service
On January 9, 2007, O'Grady was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia vacated by Claude M. Hilton. O'Grady was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 9, 2007, and received his commission on July 11, 2007.
O'Grady is the presiding judge in the current extradition proceedings against Kim Dotcom relating to the Megaupload file storage service. During April 2012 he stated: "I frankly don't know that we are ever going to have a trial in this matter," when he found that the company had never been formally served with criminal papers by the US.
- Liam O'Grady at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- Fisher, David (21 April 2012). "Dotcom trial may not occur - Judge". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
Claude M. Hilton
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia