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Christopher Conner

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Christopher Conner
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
Title:   Chief Judge
Position:   Seat #5
Station:   Harrisburg, PA
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   07/29/2002 - Present
Chief:   2013 - Present
Preceded by:   Sylvia Rambo
Past post:   Attorney in private practice
Past term:   1982 - 2002
Personal History
Born:   1957
Hometown:   Harrisburg, PA
Undergraduate:   Cornell, 1979
Law School:   Dickinson Law, 1982
Christopher Conner is the federal judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He joined the court in 2002 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. He has served as the court's chief judge since 2013.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Conner graduated from Cornell University with his B.A. in 1979, and later from the Dickinson School of Law with his J.D. in 1982.[1]

Professional career

  • 2000: Adjunct professor, Widener University School of Law
  • 1982-2002: Attorney in private practice, Pennsylvania[1]

Judicial career

Middle District of Pennsylvania

On the recommendation of U.S. Senators Rick Santorum and Arlen Specter, Conner was nominated to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania by President George W. Bush on February 28, 2002, to a seat vacated by Sylvia Rambo. Conner was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 26, 2002, on a majority vote and received commission on July 29, 2002.[2] Conner has served as the court's chief judge since 2013.[1]

Notable cases

Judge overturns decades old conviction (2014)

Tyrone Moore was charged and convicted with the October 1982 murder of Nicholas Romanchick during the robbery of the Forty Fort Animal Hospital in Pennsylvania. His initial sentence was the death penalty, but, in 2000, a county court judge vacated that sentence after finding Moore's trial counsel was ineffective. Moore was subsequently given life without parole. After more appeals, however, his case reached Christopher Conner, a judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, who determined that Moore's trial counsel was so ineffective that justice requires that Moore receive a new trial entirely. Judge Conner found that trial counsel was deficient for not calling certain witnesses, nor were witnesses impeached properly. He overturned the 1983 conviction and told the state of Pennsylvania it has 90 days to retry Moore or release him.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Sylvia Rambo
Middle District of Pennsylvania
2002–Current
Seat #5
Succeeded by:
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