Myron Herbert Thompson

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Myron Herbert Thompson
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Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
Assumed office
August 22, 2013
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
In office
1991–1998
Preceded byTruman McGill Hobbs
Succeeded byWilliam Harold Albritton III
Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
In office
September 29, 1980 – August 22, 2013
Appointed byJimmy Carter
Preceded byFrank Minis Johnson
Succeeded byEmily Coody Marks
Personal details
Born
Myron Herbert Thompson

(1947-01-07) January 7, 1947 (age 72)
Tuskegee, Alabama
EducationYale College (B.A.)
Yale Law School (J.D.)

Myron Herbert Thompson (born January 7, 1947) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, Thompson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in 1969 and a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1972. He was an Assistant Attorney General of Alabama from 1972 to 1974, and was then in private practice in Dothan, Alabama until 1980.

Federal judicial service[edit]

On September 17, 1980, Thompson was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a seat on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama vacated by Judge Frank Minis Johnson. Thompson was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 26, 1980, and received his commission on September 29, 1980. He served as Chief Judge from 1991 to 1998. He took senior status on August 22, 2013.[1]

Notable case[edit]

On October 29, 2019, Judge Thompson issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Human Life Protection Act from taking effect in Alabama as prescribed on November 15, 2019. The Alabama law "imposes criminal liability on abortion providers for nearly all abortions, completed or attempted, regardless of fetal viability. In essence," the Court said, "the Act imposes a near-total ban on abortion." Judge Thompson concluded, “The court is persuaded that the plaintiffs are likely to succeed in showing that the Act violates an individual’s constitutional right to obtain a pre-viability abortion, and thus that it violates her constitutional rights.” https://www.scribd.com/document/432554248/Myron-Thompson-Order#from_embed In a 2014 ruling, Thompson ruled an Alabama law regulating abortion unconstitutional, in Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc., v. Strange (also known as Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc., v. Bentley), citing the undue burden standard.[2][3]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Frank Minis Johnson
Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
1980–2013
Succeeded by
Emily Coody Marks
Preceded by
Truman McGill Hobbs
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
1991–1998
Succeeded by
William Harold Albritton III