Peter Collins Dorsey

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Peter Collins Dorsey (March 24, 1931 – January 20, 2012) was a United States federal judge.


Born in New London, Connecticut,[1] Dorsey received a B.A. from Yale University in 1953 and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1959. He was a U.S. Naval Reserve from 1953 to 1956.


He was in private practice in New Haven, Connecticut from 1959 to 1974. He was a U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut from 1974-77. He was in private practice in New Haven, Connecticut from 1977-83. He was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Dorsey was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on June 7, 1983, to a seat vacated by T. Emmet Clarie. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 18, 1983, and received commission on July 19, 1983. He served as chief judge from 1994-1998. He assumed senior status on January 2, 1998.

 As a United States federal judge Dorsey gave special instructions to a federal jury. Sentenced on charges for writing a book on his beliefs in the Federal Tax Codes This directly lead to a conviction & sent Irwin Schiff to federal prison until Irwin Schiff's death on October 16th 2015.


He died after a long illness in 2012 in New Haven, aged 80. [2]


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  2. ^ "Peter Dorsey, Federal Judge Who Sentenced Rowland, Dies At 80 - Hartford Courant". Retrieved 2012-01-22.