William Acker

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William Marsh Acker Jr.
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
Assumed office
May 31, 1996
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
In office
August 18, 1982 – May 31, 1996
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Frank Hampton McFadden
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Personal details
Born (1927-10-25) October 25, 1927 (age 89)
Birmingham, Alabama
Alma mater Birmingham-Southern College B.A.
Yale Law School LL.B.
Profession Attorney

William Marsh Acker Jr. (born October 25, 1927) is a Senior United States District Judge of the District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.

Life and career[edit]

Acker was born in Birmingham, Alabama and served in the United States Army as a private first class from 1946 to 1947. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Birmingham-Southern College in 1949 and an Bachelor of Laws from Yale Law School in 1952. He was an attorney in private practice in Birmingham for thirty years, from 1952 to 1982.

Acker was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on July 22, 1982, to a seat vacated by Frank H. McFadden. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 18, 1982, and received his commission the same day. He assumed senior status on May 31, 1996.

Notable cases[edit]

In 2007, Acker recommended that the U.S. Attorney charge Richard Scruggs and the Scruggs Law Firm with criminal contempt for leaking documents in violation of a court order; in 2008, he accused Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood of conspiring with Scruggs to skirt the court order.[1]

In 2008, Acker held the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act unconstitutional for imposing disproportionate punitive damages on defendants who cause no harm.[2] Acker's decision was overturned in 2009.[3]


  1. ^ Associated Press (June 6, 2008). "Judge: Miss. attorney general conspired with Scruggs". USA Today. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  2. ^ Walton, Val (May 31, 2008). "Federal judge tosses out federal credit card law". Birmingham News. 
  3. ^ Franke, Ted (April 13, 2009). "Grimes v. Raves Motion Pictures FACTA decision reversed" Overlawyered
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Preceded by
Frank H. McFadden
Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
August 18, 1982 - May 31, 1996
Succeeded by
Seat abolished