Linda R. Reade

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Linda Rae Reade
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
In office
January 1, 2007 – February 11, 2017
Preceded by Mark W. Bennett
Succeeded by Leonard Terry Strand
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
Assumed office
November 26, 2002
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Michael Joseph Melloy
Personal details
Born 1948 (age 68–69)
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Education Drake University B.A.
Iowa State University M.S.
Drake University Law School J.D.

Linda Rae Reade (born 1948) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Reade graduated from Drake University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1970, a Master of Science degree from Iowa State University in 1973 and later from Drake University Law School with a Juris Doctor in 1980.

Legal career[edit]

Following law school graduation, Reade was a law clerk in an Iowa private practice firm briefly in 1980 before practicing as an attorney in Iowa until 1986. Reade was an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa from 1986 to 1993, serving as Chief of the General Criminal Prosecutions Division from 1990 to 1993. Reade was appointed by the Iowa Judicial Nominating and Qualifications Commission to serve as a District Court Judge for the Iowa District Court of Polk County, Iowa from 1993 to 2002.

Federal judicial career[edit]

On the recommendation of Senator Chuck Grassley, Reade was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa by President George W. Bush on June 26, 2002 to a seat vacated by Michael Joseph Melloy. Reade was confirmed by the Senate on November 14, 2002 and received her commission on November 26, 2002. She became Chief Judge on January 1, 2007.[1] Her term as Chief Judge ended on February 11, 2017.

Notable Cases[edit]

Rubashkin Case[edit]

Judge Reade's first widely publicized case was the trial and sentencing of kosher slaughterhouse operator Sholom Rubashkin.[2] Judge Reade's 27-year sentence which exceeded the prosecutors 25 year request,[3] received responses from many prominent politicians and received national attention. After the conviction, records were obtained that showed Reade was meeting secretly with prosecutors for ten months before the raid on Rubashkin’s plant.[4] Reade maintained that the meetings were only to prepare the courts for a case of such large magnitude. The 8th circuit of Appeals upheld the ruling, Judge Reade was scheduled to sit with two of the appellate judges (over other cases) on the same day just before her conduct was scheduled to be heard.[4] A total of 86 former US Attorneys General, federal judges, and prosecutors wrote a letter to the United States Supreme Court denouncing Reade’s ruling,[5] however the Supreme Court declined to review it. Forty-five members of Congress have written to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to ask questions about Reade’s handling of the case. Due to separation of powers, the White House declined to comment on a petition with 52,226 online signatures asking it to investigate Judge Reade's handling of this case.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US District Court - Northern District of Iowa". 
  2. ^ Preston, Julia (21 June 2010). "27-Year Sentence for Plant Manager" – via NYTimes.com. 
  3. ^ Price, Marry (2012-09-24). "The Sentencing of Sholom Rubashkin". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
  4. ^ a b Bennett L. Gershman and Joel Cohen (June 13, 2011). "When a Judge Stumbles, Do "Appearances" Matter?". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
  5. ^ "Seth Waxman Amicus Brief" (PDF). 
  6. ^ "Why We Can’t Comment". We the People. The White House. October 22, 2011. Retrieved April 19, 2014. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Michael Joseph Melloy
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
2002–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Mark W. Bennett
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
2007–2017
Succeeded by
Leonard Terry Strand