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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin|
|Appointed by:||Ronald Reagan|
|Active:||6/1/1987 - Present|
|Chief:||1995 - 2002|
|Preceded by:||John Reynolds|
|Home State:||Oshkosh, WI|
|Undergraduate:||Marquette U., B.A., 1964|
|Law School:||Marquette U. Law School, J.D., 1967|
Joseph Peter Stadtmueller is an Article III Federal Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. He joined the Court in 1987 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan.
Early life and education
Stadtmueller was a private practice attorney in Milwaukee from 1968 to 1969 before serving as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin until 1974 and again from 1977 to 1978. Stadtmueller was the First Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin until 1975 and entered private practice briefly in Milwaukee until 1977. Stadtmueller was Deputy United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin from 1978 to 1981 and United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin until 1987.
Eastern District of Wisconsin
On the recommendation of former U.S. Senator Bob Kasten, Stadmueller was nominated to serve on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin by President Ronald Reagan on March 3, 1987, to a seat vacated by John Reynolds. Stadtmueller was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 19, 1987, and received commission on June 1, 1987.
Refusual to hear criminal cases
On August 23, 2009, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentnel reported that Judge Stadtmueller is refusing to hear new criminal cases. His decision came after conflicts between Stadtmueller and the Office of the U.S. Attorney at the Eastern District of Wisconsin. The newspaper reported that the judge has not taken any new cases since July 22, 2009, while his other colleagues are taking a share of sixteen new criminal cases involving 48 defendants. Legal experts say that this move is unprecedented. Loyola-Marymount law professor Laurie Levenson called it "troubling" because it puts "...a greater burden on his fellow judges."
Guaranty Bank case (2009)
*Guaranty Bank, v. Evanston Insurance Company, et al. 09-cv-133
Judge Stadtmueller ruled on July 14, 2009 against a request from Guaranty Bank that it be allowed to halt payments to an insurance company because they believed that paying the premiums each month threatened their survival. In February of 2009, Guaranty asked the Eastern District of Wisconsin to allow the bank to stop paying premiums to Evanston Insurance Company, but to keep the coverage on its home-equity loan portfolio intact. Guaranty also sought a return of $30 million in paid premiums since 2004 contending the company illegally sold the bank their insurance policy. In Judge Stadtmueller's denial of a preliminary injunction, he wrote that, "Guaranty cannot have its cake and eat it too."
Inappropriate refusal to recuse (2005-2009)
*In Re: United States, Petition for Writ of Mandamus from the Eastern District of Wisconsin 09-2264
The Eastern District of Wisconsin US Attorney's office filed an emergency appeal on July 2, 2009 with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals against Judge Stadtmueller on the grounds that Stadtmueller had refused to recuse himself on a gun case. Federal prosecutors in the case believed he should have removed himself.
The case concerned Rashid Salahuddin, who in 2005 was charged by federal prosecutors with felony gun possession. Federal prosecutors believed that Stadtmueller tried to coerce prosecutors into cutting a deal in favor of Rashid Salahuddin. Prosecutors working in the U.S. Attorney's office also claimed that Stadtmueller was not being fair on the case. Stadtmueller dismissed their concerns and accused them of judge shopping. In response to Stadtmueller's refusal to recuse himself, prosecutors filed a writ of mandamus in order to bypass the usual appeal process and request that the higher court immediately overrule a judge. In this case, prosecutors wanted the case moved to a different judge.Salahuddin pled guilty before federal judge Charles Clevert, but then withdrew his plea. Clevert later recused himself. Salahuddin then faced a new trial before federal judge Rudolph Randa. Salahuddin was convicted in Randa's court, but Randa's ruling, on a procedural matter, was reversed by the Seventh Circuit. The case went back to the Eastern District of Wisconsin where Randa removed himself from the case, sending it to Stadtmueller in October 2008. On July 10, 2009, Judge Stadtmueller was ordered by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to not hear the case. In the written opinion, Judge Ken Ripple ruled that Stadtmueller had "misapprehended the limits of his authority".
- Judge J.P. Stadtmueller Federal Judicial Center Biography
- Judges Page for Eastern District of Wisconsin US Courts
- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Man tied to brazen Milwaukee rifle robberies shot bystander in head," September 13, 2013
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Judge J.P. Stadtmueller Federal Judicial Center Biography
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "U.S. judge Stadtmueller not taking new criminal cases," August 23, 2009
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Judge denies Guaranty Bank's request to halt insurance payments," July 15, 2009
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "U.S. attorney's office wants case moved from Stadtmueller's courtroom," July 5, 2009
- ↑ The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Appeals Court backs US Attorney over Stadtmueller," July 10, 2009
|Federal judicial offices|
|Eastern District of Wisconsin
|Magistrate judges||Aaron Goodstein • William Callahan • James Sickel • Nancy Joseph •|
|Former Article III judges||
Terence Evans • Andrew Galbraith Miller • Charles Dyer • James Henry Howe • James Graham Jenkins • William Henry Seaman • Joseph Very Quarles • Ferdinand August Geiger • Francis Duffy • Kenneth Grubb • John Reynolds • Robert Tehan • Robert Warren • Myron Gordon •
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