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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan|
|Appointed by:||George H.W. Bush|
|Active:||2/10/1992 - 8/1/2012|
|Senior:||8/1/2012 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Richard Suhrheinrich|
|Home State:||Detroit, MI|
|Undergraduate:||Cornell U., B.A., 1969|
|Law School:||Wayne State U. Law School, J.D., 1976|
|Grad. School:||U. of Chicago, M.A.T., 1971|
Nancy Garlock Edmunds is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. She joined the court in 1992 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. On August 1, 2012, Judge Nancy Edmunds assumed senior status for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan after serving on the bench for ten years.
Early life and education
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Edmunds graduated cum laude with her bachelor's degree from Cornell University in Ithaca in 1969. In 1971, Edmunds earned her Master of Arts in Education from the University of Chicago before earning her Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School in 1976.
Edmunds was a law clerk for former federal judge Ralph Freeman in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan from 1976 to 1978. Edmunds was a private practice attorney in Detroit from 1978 to 1991.
Eastern District of Michigan
Edmunds was nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by President George H.W. Bush on September 11, 1991 to a seat vacated by Richard Fred Suhrheinrich as Suhrheinrich was appointed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Edmunds was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 6, 1992 on a Senate vote and received commission on February 10, 1992. On August 1, 2012, Judge Nancy Edmunds assumed senior status for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan after serving on the bench for ten years.
Kwame Kilpatrick corruption trial (2012-2013)
In 2012 and 2013, Judge Edmunds presided over the corruption trial of former Mayor of Detroit, who was eventually convicted of twenty-four criminal counts. Among those to which Kilpatrick was found guilty were racketeering, extortion and bribery.
Following his conviction, attorneys for Kilpatrick requested that bond be granted so the criminal could visit his family before heading to federal prison. In return, Kilpatrick's mother offered her house as collateral to the government. The request for bond was denied by Judge Edmunds, since precedent dictated that he could not be trusted. She said, "Despite (Kilpatrick's) repeated argument that he has fully complied with the bond conditions set by this court … the evidence is to the contrary."
In October 2013, Kilpatrick received a twenty-eight year prison sentence, or twenty-three years with good behavior. During the sentencing, Judge Edmunds admonished the former mayor, listing his wrongdoing and discussing the effect his behavior had on the City of Detroit. Edmunds also said:
|“||We're demanding transparency and accountability in our government. If there has been corruption in the past, there will be corruption no more.||”|
Underwear bomber case (2010)
*[ U.S. v. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab]
Edmunds presided in the case of underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who was eventually given four life sentences for his attempt to bring a bomb onto a plane headed for Detroit.
On January 19, 2010, Judge Edmunds ordered that attorneys for both sides in the case of underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab cannot disclose pre-trial evidence to the public. Also, the Eastern District of Michigan U.S. Attorney's Office was ordered to not disclose witness statements in full except the names of the witnesses. Abdulmutallab was arrested for his role in the attempted hijacking plot of an international flight that made its descent towards Detroit Wayne County Metropolitan Airport on December 25, 2009.
On October 12, 2011, the second day of Abdulmutallab's trial, the defense changed its plea just as the first witness was about to be called. After being sworn in by Judge Edmunds, Abdulmutallab waived his right to remain silent and admitted being guilty of all eight of the felony charges brought against him.On February 16, 2012, Judge Edmunds sentenced Abdulmutallab to four life sentences. During the sentencing, she said, "I believe the defendant poses a significant ongoing threat to the safety of American citizens everywhere."
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- NBCNews.com, "Ex-Detroit mayor Kilpatrick convicted of range of corruption charges," March 11, 2013
- USAToday, "Federal judge denies ex-Detroit mayor Kilpatrick bond," March 27, 2013
- MLive.com, "Judge denies Kwame Kilpatrick bond motion that cited knee injury, offered mother's house," March 27, 2013
- The New York Times, "Kwame M. Kilpatrick, Former Detroit Mayor, Sentenced to 28 Years in Corruption Case," October 10, 2013
- Detroit Free Press, "'Corruption no more': Judge sends message with 28-year sentence for Kilpatrick," October 10, 2013
- "Detroit Free-Press" Judge slams door on evidence leaks in bomb case, January 20, 2010
- Detroit Free Press "Statewide news: Court date set for bombing plot suspect," April 14, 2010
- Bloomberg Businessweek "Underwear Bomber Abdulmutallab Pleads Guilty, Ending Trial," October 12, 2011
- USAToday, "Detroit underwear bomber gets life sentence," February 17, 2012
|Federal judicial offices|
|Eastern District of Michigan
Bernard Friedman • Marianne Battani • Anna Taylor • Robert Cleland • Avern Cohn • Julian Cook • Patrick Duggan • Nancy Edmunds • John O'Meara • George Steeh • Arthur Tarnow • Lawrence Zatkoff • Stewart Newblatt • Charles Joiner • James Harvey • James Churchill •
|Magistrate judges||Mark Randon • Steven Whalen • Charles Binder • Michael Hluchaniuk • Paul Komives • Mona Majzoub • David Grand • Laurie Michelson •|
|Former Article III judges||
Damon Keith • John Feikens • Paul Gadola • Cornelia Kennedy • Ralph Guy • Richard Suhrheinrich • Horace Gilmore • Ross Wilkins • Barbara Hackett • George La Plata • Henry Billings Brown • John Wesley Longyear • Henry Harrison Swan • Alexis Caswell Angell • Arthur Tuttle • Charles Casper Simons • Edward Julien Moinet • Ernest Aloysius O'Brien • Arthur Lederle • Frank Picard • Wade Hampton McCree, Jr. • Patricia Boyle • Robert DeMascio • Ralph Freeman • Lawrence Gubow • Frederick Kaess • Arthur Koscinski • Theodore Levin • Thaddeus Machrowicz • Clifford O'Sullivan • Philip Pratt • Stephen Roth • Talbot Smith • Thomas Thornton • George Woods •
|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 •