Susan D. Wigenton

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Susan Davis Wigenton
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Assumed office
June 12, 2006
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by John Winslow Bissell
Personal details
Born (1962-10-12) October 12, 1962 (age 54)
Neptune Township, New Jersey
Education Norfolk State University B.A.
The College of William & Mary Law School J.D.

Susan Davis Wigenton (born October 12, 1962)[1] is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Neptune Township, New Jersey, Wigenton grew up with three brothers in a sports-oriented family headed by her pastor father.[2] She graduated from Norfolk State University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984 and later from The College of William & Mary Law School with a Juris Doctor in 1987.

Legal career[edit]

Wigenton was a law clerk for Superior Court Judge Lawrence Lawson in the New Jersey Superior Court from 1987 to 1988 before serving in private practice in the State of New Jersey from 1988 to 2000.

Federal judicial career[edit]

Wigenton was a United States Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey from 2000 to 2006. She was nominated to be a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey by President George W. Bush on January 25, 2006 to a seat vacated by John Winslow Bissell as Bissell assumed senior status. Wigenton was confirmed by the Senate May 26, 2006 on a Senate voice vote and received her commission on June 12, 2006.

Notable cases[edit]

Wigenton presided over the trial of Andrew Auernheimer for alleged cybercrimes. The trial resulted in Auernheimer's conviction on two counts, but on April 11, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed the conviction for improper venue under the Sixth Amendment, holding that the online conduct of Auernheimer, a resident of Arkansas, did not have a sufficient nexus to New Jersey, where the trial was held. [3]

Wigenton is presiding judge for the trial concerning the Fort Lee lane closure scandal known as Bridgegate.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Wigenton is married to Kevin Wigenton, an attorney in private practice in Red Bank, New Jersey who has been censured by the New Jersey Supreme Court for misappropriating client funds.[5]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
John Winslow Bissell
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
2006–present
Incumbent