Michael M. Mihm
|Michael Martin Mihm|
|Senior Judge of United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois|
October 1, 2009
|Judge of United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois|
August 6, 1982 – October 1, 2009
|Nominated by||Ronald Reagan|
|Preceded by||Robert D. Morgan|
|Succeeded by||James E. Shadid|
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois|
|Preceded by||Harold A. Baker|
|Succeeded by||Joe Billy McDade|
|Born||1943 (age 71–72)
|Alma mater||Loras College
Saint Louis University School of Law
Michael Martin Mihm (born 1943 in Amboy, Illinois) is an incumbent United States federal judge on the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, with chambers in Peoria, Illinois. He became a judge in 1982 by way of nomination by President Ronald Reagan. In 2004, he received the USAID Outstanding Citizen Achievement Citation for his work with the Russian judicial system.
Judge Mihm has said he will take senior status in 2010. President Obama has nominated Peoria County Circuit Judge James Shadid to take his place pending confirmation by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and then the full Senate.
Prior to the bench
Mihm was an assistant prosecuting attorney for St. Louis County, Missouri from 1967 to 1968; assistant state's attorney for Peoria County, Illinois from 1968 to 1969; and assistant corporation counsel for the City of Peoria from 1969 to 1972. He was State's Attorney of Peoria County from 1972 to 1980, then in private law practice in Peoria from 1980 until becoming a federal judge in 1982.
Mihm was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on July 27, 1982, to the seat vacated by Robert D. Morgan in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 5, 1982, and received his commission on August 6, 1982. Mihm served as the district's chief judge from 1991 to 1998.
Judge Mihm presided over the case of Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, who pled guilty in 2009 to conspiring to provide material aid to Al Qaeda. Federal authorities arrested al-Marri in 2001 for credit card fraud, then deemed him an enemy combatant, and detained him without charge for over six years. The federal government claimed that al-Marri was an al Qaeda sleeper agent. The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ordered al-Marri brought before a civilian court in 2007,  and in 2009, the US dropped its appeal of that decision, and transferred al-Marri to Mihm's court. 
- Michael M. Mihm at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
- "Outstanding Citizen Achievement Citation: USAID Honors Judge Michael M. Mihm". United States Agency for International Development, Europe and Eurasia. 2005-02-18. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
- Mihm, Michael M. (March 2006). "Common and Eternal Values in the Development of Courts Around the World". International Judicial Monitor (American Society of International Law and the International Judicial Academy) 1 (1).
- "Former ‘Enemy Combatant’ Pleads Guilty in Ill.", The New York Times, 30 April 2009
- Kravetz, Andy (2008-12-05). "U.S. Supreme Court to hear al-Marri's case". Peoria Journal Star.
- Michael M. Mihm at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
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