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Callie Granade

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Callie Granade
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #3
Station:   Mobile, AL
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   2/12/2002-Present
Chief:   2003-2010
Preceded by:   Alex Howard
Personal History
Born:   1950
Hometown:   Lexington, VA
Undergraduate:   Hollins College, 1972
Law School:   University of Texas, 1975

Callie V. Granade is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. She joined the court in 2002 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. Granade served as the chief judge of the court from 2003 to 2010.[1]


Granade received her undergraduate degree from Hollins College in 1972 and her J.D. degree from the University of Texas Law School in 1975.[1]

Professional career

Granade started her legal career in 1975 as a law clerk for former federal Judge John Godbold of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. In 1976, Granade joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of Alabama as an assistant U.S. attorney. Granade served in this position from 1977 until 2001, when she was appointed as an interim U.S. attorney by President George W. Bush. She remained an interim U.S. attorney until joining the federal court in 2001.[1]

Judicial career

Southern District of Alabama

On the unanimous recommendation of Senators Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby, Granade was nominated by President George W. Bush on September 4, 2001, to a seat vacated by Alex Howard. Granade was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 4, 2002, and received commission on February 12, 2002. Granade served as chief judge of the court from 2003 to 2010.[1]

Notable cases

Judge Granade rules Alabama same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional (2015)

Judge Callie Granade ruled on January 23, 2015, that Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, striking down the Sanctity of Marriage Amendment passed by voters in 2006. The judge did stay her ruling for two weeks to allow the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit to review the case.


Steroid case (2009)

     United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama (USA v. Tucker, 1:08-cr-00160-CG)

After a plea agreement, Judge Granade sentenced a Colorado doctor to twenty-one months in federal prison for dispensing anabolic steroids outside his professional practice.[2] The case was the result of a probe into a Mobile-area pharmacy that shipped steroids illegally to hundreds of people. An affidavit said that Brett Branch, a business associate, sent Tucker order forms for patients seeking steroids and human growth hormone.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Alex Howard
Southern District of Alabama
Seat #3
Succeeded by: