Otis D. Wright II

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Otis Dalino Wright II
Otis Wright District Judge.jpg
Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
Assumed office
April 16, 2007
Appointed byGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byGary L. Taylor
Judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court
In office
December 5, 2005[1] – April 16, 2007
Appointed byArnold Schwarzenegger
Deputy Attorney General of California
In office
Personal details
Otis Dalino Wright II

(1944-07-31) July 31, 1944 (age 75)
Tuskegee, Alabama
Spouse(s)Evelyn F. Rhaney[1]
EducationCalifornia State University at Los Angeles (B.A.)
Southwestern Law School (J.D.)
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Marine Corps[1]
Years of service1963-1966 (active duty)
1966-1969[1] (reserve)[1]

Otis Dalino Wright II (born July 31, 1944) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Tuskegee, Alabama,[2][3] Wright received a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University at Los Angeles in 1976 and a Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School in 1980. He was in the United States Marine Corps from 1963 to 1966, remaining in the United States Marine Corps Reserve until 1969. He was a deputy sheriff in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department from 1969 to 1980. He was a deputy attorney general in the Office of the Attorney General, California Department of Justice from 1980 to 1983. He was in private practice in Los Angeles, California from 1983 to 2005.

Judicial service[edit]

On October 28, 2005, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he would be appointing Wright to serve as a judge on the Los Angeles County Superior Court.[4] Wright replaced Judge Lorna Parnell.[4]

Wright was nominated to the United States District Court for the Central District of California by President George W. Bush on January 9, 2007, to a seat vacated by Gary L. Taylor.[5] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 15, 2007, and received his commission on April 16, 2007.[5]

Notable cases[edit]

Case Year Reason for becoming widely discussed or noted
Prenda Law 2013 Ruling against a "notorious" U.S. law firm and principals, which was viewed by onlookers and the court as engaging in copyright "trolling", and alleged legal extortion practices, often via shell companies; case resulted in sanctions and law firm' dissolution. Wright's opinion had a number of Star Trek catchphrases[6][7]
U.S.A. v. Hudson, Whitfield & Dunlap 2014 Ruling against legitimacy of a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ("ATF") fictional stash-house robbery sting operation; such operations had drawn significant media and judicial concerns previously for a perceived inherent lack of fairness.
Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins 2011 Ruled against plaintiff's standing to sue because he had not alleged a sufficiently individualized injury. Wright was reversed by the unanimous United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which was itself then found to be in error by the U.S. Supreme Court.[8] On remand, the Ninth Circuit again found the plaintiff had standing to sue.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Confirmation hearings on federal appointments : hearing before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, first session. 4.J 89/2:S.HRG.110-138/ PT.1 (2007)
  2. ^ Kenneth Ofgang, Superior Court Judge Otis D. Wright II Confirmed to U.S. District Court for Central District of California, Metropolitan News-Enterprise (March 19, 2007).
  3. ^ "California Courts and Judges". James Pub. 1 January 2006 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ a b Governor Schwarzenegger Appoints Five to Los Angeles County Superior Court, Press Release: Office of the Governor (October 28, 2005).
  5. ^ a b "Wright, Otis D. II - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  6. ^ Prenda hammered: Judge sends porn-trolling lawyers to criminal investigators, arstechnica.com
  7. ^ Masnick, Mike (May 21, 2013). "Bad Day For Prenda Continues: Judge Rejects Stay, Adds $1k Per Day For Each Day They Don't Pay Up". TechDirt. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  8. ^ Note, The Supreme Court, 2015 Term — Leading Cases, 130 Harv. L. Rev. 437 (2016).
  9. ^ Note, Recent Case: Ninth Circuit Allows Fair Credit Reporting Act Class Action to Proceed Past Standing Challenge, 131 Harv. L. Rev. 894 (2018).

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Preceded by
Gary L. Taylor
Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California