Richard Paul Matsch

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Richard Paul Matsch
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado
In office
July 1, 2003 – May 26, 2019
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado
In office
1994–2000
Preceded bySherman Glenn Finesilver
Succeeded byLewis Thornton Babcock
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado
In office
March 8, 1974 – July 1, 2003
Appointed byRichard Nixon
Preceded byOlin Hatfield Chilson
Succeeded byPhillip S. Figa
Personal details
Born(1930-06-08)June 8, 1930
Burlington, Iowa, U.S.
DiedMay 26, 2019(2019-05-26) (aged 88)
Louisville, Colorado, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Michigan (A.B.)
University of Michigan Law School (J.D.)

Richard Paul Matsch (June 8, 1930 – May 26, 2019) was an American judge who served as Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.[1]

Education and career[edit]

Born in Burlington, Iowa, Matsch earned his Artium Baccalaureus degree from the University of Michigan in 1951, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1953. He served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. He was an attorney in private practice in Denver, Colorado from 1956 to 1959. He was an Assistant United States Attorney of the District of Colorado from 1959 to 1961. He was a deputy city attorney of City and County of Denver, Colorado from 1961 to 1963. He was in private practice in Denver from 1963 to 1965. He was a Referee in Bankruptcy for the District of Colorado from 1965 to 1973, and thereafter served as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Colorado from 1973 to 1974.[2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Matsch was nominated by President Richard Nixon on January 31, 1974, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Colorado vacated by Judge Olin Hatfield Chilson. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 1, 1974, and received his commission on March 8, 1974. He served as Chief Judge from 1994 to 2000. He assumed senior status on July 1, 2003.[2]

Notable cases[edit]

Matsch presided over the trial of Oklahoma City bombing defendants Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols.[3]

Matsch was also judge in a lawsuit (Phillips et al. vs. Lucky Gunner)[4] in Denver where Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, whose daughter, Jessica Ghawi, was one of 12 people killed in the 2012 Aurora, Colorado shooting. Matsch dismissed the case and ordered that Sandy and Lonnie Phillips pay $220,000 in legal costs.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b Richard Paul Matsch at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  3. ^ Romano, Lois (May 12, 1997). "Richard Matsch Has a Firm Grip on His Gavel in the Oklahoma City Bombing Trial". National Special Report: Oklahoma Bombing Trial. Washington Post. Retrieved April 15, 2010.
  4. ^ "Phillips et al v. LuckyGunner, LLC et al, No. 1:2014cv02822 - Document 45 (D. Colo. 2015)". Justia. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  5. ^ Sachs, Melissa. "Parents lost daughter to mass shooter, now owe $220,000 to his suppliers". Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 26 November 2018.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Olin Hatfield Chilson
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado
1974–2003
Succeeded by
Phillip S. Figa
Preceded by
Sherman Glenn Finesilver
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado
1994–2000
Succeeded by
Lewis Thornton Babcock