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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the District of Utah|
|Appointed by:||Bill Clinton|
|Active:||10/24/1997 - 11/30/2009|
|Senior:||11/30/2009 - Present|
|Preceded by:||David Winder|
|Succeeded by:||David Nuffer|
|Undergraduate:||Brigham Young University, B.A., 1964|
|Law School:||University of Utah College of Law, J.D., 1967|
Dale A. Kimball is a federal judge for the United States District Court of Utah. He joined the court in 1997 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. He assumed senior status on November 30, 2009.
Early life and education
Kimball spent his pre-judicial legal career in private practice from 1967 to 1997 and also served as a member of the Faculty at Brigham Young Law School from 1974 to 1979.
District of Utah
Kimball was nominated by President Bill Clinton on September 4, 1997 to a seat vacated by David Winder. Kimball was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 21, 1997 on a senate vote and received commission on October 24, 1997. Kimball was succeeded in this position by David Nuffer.
Dillon Whitney case (2009)
*WHITNEY v. DIVISION OF JUVENILE JUSTICE SERVICES No. 2:09-CV-00030-DAK-PMW
Judge Kimball on November 24, 2009 allowed a wrongful death lawsuit to proceed involving the death of Dillon Whitney. The parents of the sixteen year old son are suing various Utah government agencies over negligence by Quest Youth Services, a privatized provider when the child was in state custody. His ruling allowed the negligence portion of the lawsuit to proceed further.
Elizabeth Smart case (2009-2010)
*United States of America v. Brian David Mitchell 2:08 cv 125 DAK
Kimball was the presiding judge in the trial of Brian David Mitchell who was accused of abducting Elizabeth Smart in 2002. On August 31, 2009, Mitchell was ordered to undergo a competency hearing on November 30, 2009 to determine if he was competent to undergo trial. Mitchell was indicted by a federal grand jury in November of 2008 on charges of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor. On October 27, 2009, Judge Kimball ordered all sealed court records involving the Smart case to be made public. This came after media organizations in the state of Utah wanted court docket records opened. However, despite the ruling the judge ruled that Brian David Mitchell's mental competency records remain sealed. On November 17, 2009, the judge dismissed motions from Mitchell's defense team to not allow religious experts and a psychiatrist from testifying in his trial. On the same day, Mitchell's accomplice Wanda Barzee pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor.
Judge Campbell on November 30, 2009, began a series of hearings to determine if Brian Lee Mitchell was competent to stand trial. Federal prosecutors say Mitchell was competent to stand trial, but his defense team said he was not fit to go through trial. The judge ruled on March 1, 2010, that Mitchell was competent to stand trial.On May 25, 2010, Mitchell was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.
- Judge Kimball Profile from the Federal Judicial Center
- "Salt Lake Tribune" Judge: negligence lawsuit in teen death can proceed, November 30, 2009
- Associated Press "Competency hearing set for suspect in Smart case," September 1, 2009
- Associated Press "Federal judge allows access to Smart case records," October 27, 2009
- Associated Press "Judge rules on witnesses in smart case hearing," November 16, 2009
- Local News 8 "Competency hearing begins in Smart case," November 30, 2009
- CNN "Federal judge rules Elizabeth Smart suspect competent to stand trial," March 1, 2010
- Utah District Court, United States of America v. Brian David Mitchell October 12, 2011
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