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Algenon Marbley

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Algenon Marbley
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #6
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   11/7/1997 - Present
Preceded by:   John Holschuh
Personal History
Born:   1954
Hometown:   Morehead City, NC
Undergraduate:   University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, B.A., 1976
Law School:   Northwestern U. School of Law, J.D., 1979

Alegnon Marbley is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. He joined the court in 1997 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.

Early life and education

Marbley graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with his bachelor's degree in 1976 and graduated from the Northwestern University School of Law in Evanston, IL with his juris doctor degree in 1979.[1]

Professional career

Marbley started out after law school as a Private Practice Attorney in Chicago from 1979 to 1980. In 1980, Marbley became an Assistant regional attorney for the US Department of Health and Human Services from 1980 to 1986 specializing in physician exclusions and suspensions from the Medicare program. In 1986, Marbley became a Private practice attorney in Columbus, OH as a partner with the law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease as am Associate Partner from 1986 to 1991 and a lead partner from 1991 to 1997 with seventeen years of litigation experience including civil, criminal and administrative litigation. Marbley focused his civil litigation experience was in the areas of general business litigation, product liability and employment litigation.[2]

Judicial career

Southern District of Ohio

On the recommendation of Senator John Glenn, Marbley was nominated by President Bill Clinton on July 31, 1997, to a seat vacated by John Holschuh as Holschuh went on senior status. Marbley was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 27, 1997 on a senate vote and received commission on November 7, 1997.[1]

Notable cases

Ohio exotic animal release case (2011)

     United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (United States, v. Terry W. Thompson, cr-2-09-043)

Judge Marbley presided over a suit against Terry Thompson, an animal lover who owned aver 55 exotic animals he kept on his property. Thompson made international news when he released 56 exotic animals from their cages on his Ohio farm, including 18 tigers, 17 lions, leopards, wolves, and primates.[3]

On July 27, 2009, Marbley was critical of federal agents, and held that their execution of a search warrant when looking for firearms in Terry's home was improper.[4]

The criticism came after attorneys for Terry Thompson, who was charged with illegal gun possession, argued to Judge Marbley that he should throw out the evidence found when the search warrant was executed on Thompsons's home because it was done illegally.[4]

Marbley initially granted the motion to suppress the illegally obtained evidence, but later reversed after a request from the U.S. Attorney's office.[4][5]

Walmart SuperCenter in Liberty Township, OH (2010)

     United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Wedgewood Limited Partnership I, v. Township of Liberty, Ohio, et al., 2:04-cv-1069)

Judge Marbley was the presiding judge in a case involving store zoning limits in the Columbus suburb of Liberty Township in 2008. Real Estate Developer Wedgewood Limited Partnership sued the municipality over being denied an application to build a 220,528 square foot Wal-Mart Supercenter. The township denied the application on the basis that it has a "floating cap" which allows no more than 500,000 square feet of commercial development in Wedgewood Commerce Center, where the new store was to be built.[6] In September 2008, Marbley ruled in favor of the developers, finding that the "floating cap" did not exist.[6] The case was subsequently appealed to the Sixth Circuit, which upheld Marbley's original ruling that the township's reasoning in denying the permit was unconstitutionally vague.[7]

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Preceded by:
John Holschuh
Southern District of Ohio
Seat #6
Succeeded by:

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