Morey Leonard Sear

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Morey Leonard Sear
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
In office
May 7, 1976 – October 31, 2000
Appointed by Gerald Ford
Preceded by James A. Comiskey
Succeeded by Kurt D. Engelhardt
Personal details
Born (1929-02-26)February 26, 1929
San Francisco, California
Died September 6, 2004(2004-09-06) (aged 75)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Alma mater Tulane Law School (J.D.)

Morey Leonard Sear (February 26, 1929 – September 6, 2004) was a United States federal judge.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Sear received a J.D. from Tulane Law School in 1950. He was a Captain in the a United States Marine Corps from 1950 to 1952. He was an Assistant district attorney of Parish of Orleans, Louisiana from 1952 to 1955. He was in private practice in New Orleans, Louisiana from 1955 to 1971, serving as special counsel to the New Orleans Aviation Board from 1956 to 1959.

Sear served as a United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana from 1971 to 1976. On March 30, 1976, Sear was nominated by President Gerald Ford to a seat on that court vacated by James A. Comiskey. Sear was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 6, 1976, and received his commission on May 7, 1976.

In 1981, Sear presided over the three-month BriLab trial of Carlos Marcello, Aubrey W. Young, and Charles E. Roemer, II, on charges of conspiracy, racketeering, and mail, and wire fraud in a scheme to defraud the state through multimillion-dollar insurance contracts. Roemer, the father of future Governor Buddy Roemer and Marcello, a New Orleans crime figure, were convicted and imprisoned for conspiracy, but Young, a former aide to Governor John J. McKeithen and current staffer to then Lieutenant Governor Robert "Bobby" Freeman, was acquitted of all charges.[1]

Sear later served as chief judge of the court, from 1992 to 1999, assuming senior status on October 31, 2000, and serving in that capacity until his death, in New Orleans.


  1. ^ The New York Times, March 31, 1981, p. 16; May 18, 1981, Section IV, p. 13; July 8, 1981, p. 18; July 31, 1981, p. 6; August 6, 1981, p. 13


Legal offices
Preceded by
James A. Comiskey
Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
Succeeded by
Kurt D. Engelhardt