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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan|
|Appointed by:||Bill Clinton|
|Active:||6/16/1994 - Present|
|Preceded by:||George Woods|
|Home State:||Columbus, OH|
|Undergraduate:||Yale U., B.A., 1974|
|Law School:||Columbia Law School, J.D., 1977|
Denise Hood is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. She joined the court in 1994 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.
Early life and education
Hood has had a long and distinguished legal career preparing her to the Federal Bench. First, Hood became assistant corporation counsel in the City of Detroit Law Department from 1977 to 1982. In 1982, Hood started her judicial career as a Circuit Court Judge in the Michigan 36th District Circuit Court from 1983 to 1989. From 1989 to 1992, Hood became a judge in the City of Detroit Recorder's Court as Hood handled traffic and city ordinance issues before becoming a Circuit Court Judge for Wayne County from 1993 till Hood was appointed to the Federal Bench in 1994.
Eastern District of Michigan
On the recommendation of Senator Carl Levin, Hood was nominated President Bill Clinton on March 9, 1994 to a seat vacated by George Woods as Woods went on senior status. Hood was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 15, 1994 on a Senate vote and received commission on June 16, 1994.
Detroit pension fraud case (2010)
*U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Onyx Capital Advisors, LLC, et al. 2:10-cv-11633-DPH-MKM
Judge Hood ruled on April 23, 2010 that assets of Onyx Capital and two other Detroit businessmen frozen after the Securities and Exchange Commission found them stealing $3 million from public pension plans for the City of Detroit and nearby Pontiac, Michigan. In the complaint, the SEC alleged that Roy Dixon, Jr. one of the lead businessmen involving Onyx Capital misused the pension money to pay for a house in the Atlanta area and to pay down mortgages on 40 different rental properties he owns. In addition to the asset freeze, Judge Hood also ordered Onyx Capital and their associates from misusing their investor funds. Onyx Capital appealed the ruling to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on May 8, 2013.
|Federal judicial offices|
|Eastern District of Michigan
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|Former Article III judges||
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|Former Chief judges||
Damon Keith • Bernard Friedman • Anna Taylor • Julian Cook • John Feikens • Lawrence Zatkoff • Cornelia Kennedy • Arthur Lederle • Frank Picard • James Churchill • Ralph Freeman • Frederick Kaess • Theodore Levin • Philip Pratt •