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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts|
|Preceded by:||Patti Saris|
|Undergraduate:||Regis College (1967)|
|Law School:||Suffolk Law School (1976)|
Marianne B. Bowler is a federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She has served in this position since May 7, 1990, and she is a former chief magistrate.
Early life and education
Judge Bowler was born in 1947 in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her A.B. degree from Regis College in 1967 and her J.D. degree from Suffolk Law School in 1976. In 1994, Bowler was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Suffolk University.
District of Massachusetts
Bowler is a federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She has served in this position since May 7, 1990, and she is a former chief magistrate.
Awards and associations
- Member, Visiting Committee, Museum School for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
- Chairperson, Board of Trustees, New England Baptist Hospital
Boston bombing suspects' hearings (2013)
*United States v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev No. 13-MJ-02016
On April 22, 2013, Judge Bowler presided over the initial appearance of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev while he was hospitalized. He was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property for a bombing which caused the death of three civilians and injuries to over 200 more. Though early reports indicated Tsarnaev was unable to speak due to injuries sustained during the manhunt that lead to his capture, later reports confirmed that he was actually able to reveal details of the attack to investigators. Several Republican lawmakers publicly criticized Judge Bowler's actions during the appearance, as reports also indicate that Tsarnaev stopped talking upon Bowler's entering the room and advising him of his right to remain silent. They allege she prevented the collection of valuable intelligence. Bowler's spokesman declined to comment, though a Boston U.S. Attorney's Office representative said there was nothing unusual about the judge's actions. Click here to read the full transcript of Tsarnaev's bedside hearing.
Judge Bowler presided over the court appearances of Tsarnaev's friend, Robel Phillipos, accused of lying to investigators. On May 6, 2013, she ordered his release on $100,000 bond, on the conditions that he remain in his mother's home and wear an electronic monitoring bracelet. The federal prosecutors previously requested he remain detained until his trial, based on the assertion he was a flight risk, but changed their position after meeting and reaching an agreement with his lawyers.Judge Bowler oversaw Phillipos's probable cause hearing on July 12, 2013. On March 6, 2014, she appointed Derege Demissie on a as a taxpayer-funded lawyer to represent Phillipos, even though he had already hired Demissie. The appointment was made on a "procedural basis," as Phillipos was too indigent to pay Demissie.
- United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, "Biography of Marianne B. Bowler," accessed March 8, 2014
- Bloomberg Businessweek, "Executive Profile: Marianne B. Bowler," accessed March 8, 2014
- Chicago Tribune, "Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev charged," April 22, 2013
- Bloomberg, "Boston Bombing Judge Emerges as Target for Republicans," May 15, 2013
- Courthouse News Service, "Tsarnaev indicted," June 27, 2013
- Newsday, "Robel Phillipos after release in Boston bombings: 'This is crazy,'" May 7, 2013
- Boston Globe, "Judge orders Cambridge man released on bail," May 6, 2013
- MyFOXBoston, "Hearing for bomb suspect's friend delayed," May 29, 2013
- Boston Globe, "Judge appoints lawyer for Tsarnaev friend," March 6, 2014
|Federal judicial offices|
|District of Massachusetts