Robert Frederick Collins
|Robert Frederick Collins|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana|
May 19, 1978 – August 6, 1993
|Appointed by||Jimmy Carter|
|Preceded by||Alvin B. Rubin|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Porteous|
|Born||1931 (age 85–86)
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Alma mater||Dillard University
Louisiana State University Law School
Robert Frederick Collins (born 1931) is a former United States federal judge.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Collins received a B.A. from Dillard University in 1951 and an LL.B. from Louisiana State University Law School in 1954. He was in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956, thereafter entering private practice in New Orleans from 1956 to 1972. He was also an instructor at Southern University Law School in Baton Rouge from 1959 to 1961. He was a magistrate judge for the Criminal District Court of New Orleans from 1972 to 1978.
On January 26, 1978, Collins was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana vacated by Alvin B. Rubin. Collins was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 17, 1978, and received his commission on May 19, 1978.
In 1991, Collins was convicted of accepting money to influence his sentencing of a marijuana smuggler. He served five years in the Federal Prison Camp in Montgomery, Alabama and in other federal prisons. He was released November 21, 1997.
After his conviction, Collins did not resign from his judgeship. Consequently, on May 19, 1993, U.S. Representative James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin introduced H. RES. 176, impeaching Collins. It was referred to the House Judiciary Committee and died there. Later, in June, Jack Brooks tried again with H. RES. 207. Collins resigned on August 6, 1993, his impending impeachment hearings scheduled to begin the next day.
- Robert Frederick Collins at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Alvin Benjamin Rubin
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana