Charles Smith

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Charles Smith
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #6
Service:
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   1995 - 08/2013
Senior:   09/2013-Present
Preceded by:   Elbert Haltom
Past post:   23rd Judicial Circuit Court of Alabama
Past term:   1981-1995
Personal History
Born:   1943
Hometown:   Talladega, AL
Undergraduate:   University of Alabama, 1966
Law School:   University of Alabama Law, 1971
Grad. School:   Rutgers U., 1967

Charles Lynwood Smith, Jr. is federal judge on senior status for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. He joined the court on December 26, 1995, after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Prior to appointment, Smith was a judge on the 23rd Judicial Circuit Court of Alabama.[1] Smith took on senior status in September 2013.[2]

Education

Born in Talladega, Alabama, Smith graduated from the University of Alabama with his B.A. in 1966, and later received his M.A. from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1967. Smith received a J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1971.[1]

Professional career

Judicial career

Northern District of Alabama

Smith was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama by President Bill Clinton on December 8, 1995, to a seat vacated by Elbert Haltom. Smith was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 22, 1995, on a Senate vote and received commission on December 26, 1995. He took on senior status in September 2013.[1][2][3]

Notable cases

Judge puts an end to drug-testing for new county government employees (2014)

In April 2014, Judge Smith ruled that new government employees in Jefferson County, Alabama, would not have to be drug tested prior to hiring, as he reasoned that the practice conflicted with the Fourth Amendment. Judge Smith agreed with Ronald Sims, the court-appointed receiver who first ordered that the drug testing be halted due to constitutional concerns.

Articles:

Alabama bingo case (2009)

     United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama (Department of Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States v. Dorning, Civil Action No. 07-S-2144-NE)

Judge Smith presided in a case over the constitutionality of bingo games in Alabama. Smith ruled that a Texas veterans' group was violating an amendment to the Alabama Constitution over casino-style bingo machines. Bingo was considered illegal in Alabama unless a county passed a separate Constitutional amendment legalizing it.[4]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Elbert Haltom
Northern District of Alabama
1995–Current
Seat #6
Succeeded by:
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