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Lynn Adelman
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #2T
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   12/23/1997 - Present
Preceded by:   Thomas Curran
Personal History
Born:   1939
Hometown:   Milwaukee, WI
Undergraduate:   Princeton U., A.B., 1961
Law School:   Columbia Law School, LL.B., 1965

Lynn S. Adelman is an Article III federal judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Adelman joined the court in 1997 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.

Early life and education

Adelman was a graduate of Shorewood High School in Shorewood, Wisconsin, which produced former US Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist. Adelman received a B.A. degree from Princeton University and graduated cum laude in 1961. Adelman received a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School and graduated cum laude in 1965.[1]

State Senate Career

Adelman was a former State Senator in Wisconsin's 28th State Senate District from 1977 to 1997. He held the seat of current State Senator Mary Lazich. Adelman served on the Wisconsin Senate Judiciary Committee for the majority of his Senate career along with serving on the alcohol and drug abuse and highway safety committees.[2]

Judicial career

Eastern District of Wisconsin

On recommendation by U.S. Senators Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold, Adelman was nominated by President William Clinton on September 8, 1997, to a seat vacated by Thomas Curran. Adelman was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 13, 1997, and received his commission on December 23, 1997.[1]

Bid for the Seventh Circuit

In 2009 Adelman applied to fill a vacancy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, along with 10 others. The applications were reviewed by the Wisconsin Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, which made recommendations to U.S. Sens. Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold. The Senators then recommended candidates for nomination to President Obama.[3]

Adelman was recommended by the Commission, along with Milwaukee County Circuit judge Richard John Sankovitz, attorneys Dean Strang and Linda Clifford, and UW law professors Anuj Desai and Victoria Nourse.[4]

Notable cases

State Equal Rights Division Secretary guilty of racial discrimination (2010)

  United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
     *Johnny Kimble, v. Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, et al. 2:07-cv-00266-LA
Judge Adelman presided in a case where former Wisconsin Equal Rights Division employee Johnny Kimble sued former Equal Rights Division Secretary Sheehan Donoghue. Kimble sued Donoghue for denying him pay raises based on racial and gender bias; the ERD is responsible in large part for investigating and adjudicating discrimination claims. On February 25, 2010, the judge found Donoghue liable and entitled Kimble to lost wages. In the opinion, Judge Adelman analyzed Donoghue's behavior using social research on discrimination, and commented that, "in addition to failing to provide a credible explanation of the conduct complained of, Donoghue behaved in a manner suggesting the presence of implicit bias".[5]

Koss Co. executive guilty of $34 milion fraud (2010)

  United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
     *[ United States, v. Sujata Sachdeva] 2:10-cr-00006-LA
Judge Adleman was the presiding judge in the trial of former Koss Corporation Chief Financial Officer Sue Sachdeva; Koss is a popular headphone manufacturer. Sachdeva was charged with embezzling about $34 million from the company. According to reports, Sachdeva spent nearly all of the money of wild shopping sprees. Her attorneys argued that the binge spending stemmed from mental conditions, including a shopping disorder, diagnosed bipolar disorder, and alcoholism.[6]

Federal prosecutors sought a sentence of 15 to 20 years, and the disgraced former executive's lawyers asked for six or seven, asserting that her compulsive shopping disorder warranted a lighter sentence. During sentencing, Judge Adelman commented that the sentence Sachdeva sought was "simply not long enough" and that "the loss amount is what makes this so serious." The judge said he considered Sachdeva's full cooperation with FBI investigators, and granted her some leniency. On November 17, 2010, Sachdeva was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison.[6][7]

Sachdeva's was the largest embezzlement case in the U.S. in 2009.[8]

Neo-Nazis, online death threats, and the First Amendment (2009)

  United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
     *United States, v. William White 08-cr-851
Judge Adelman presided over cases involving Neo-Nazi William "Bill" White, who founded and led the Virginia-based American National Socialist Workers Party. The white supremacist has long been known for testing the limits of free speech through his online postings, which are often in a gray area between protected speech and illegal death threats. White was charged for posting the name, telephone numbers, and address of a member of a Chicago jury which convicted a fellow white supremacist in 2004 to his website. Prosecutors alleged that he published the information in the hopes that it would prompt his readers to harm the man. White did not directly threaten the juror, but wrote in a separate post that all those who helped convict his fellow white supremacist deserved to be assassinated.[9]

Initially, Judge Adelman dismissed the indictment against White. The Judge held that because White broke no laws in obtaining the information he published, and because prosecutors had failed to prove any intent to threaten or cause harm to the man named, his actions were protected free speech under the First Amendment.[9]

Judge Adelman's ruling was later reversed on appeal, and the case allowed to go to trial. Subsequently, a Chicago jury found White guilty and sentenced him to prison. Adelman later reversed that conviction as well, for the same reasons, but was overturned yet another time.[10][11]

On February 20, 2013, Adelman sentenced William A. White to 3 1/2 years in prison for soliciting violence against a juror; he was already in jail for other threats and intimidation offenses, and will serve his new sentence concurrently.[12]

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Preceded by:
Thomas Curran
Eastern District of Wisconsin
Seat #2T
Succeeded by:

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