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Dale Kimball

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Dale Kimball
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Utah
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #3
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Senior:   11/30/2009 - Present
Preceded by:   David Winder
Succeeded by:   David Nuffer
Personal History
Born:   1939
Hometown:   Utah
Undergraduate:   Brigham Young University, 1964
Law School:   University of Utah College of Law, 1967

Dale A. Kimball is a federal judge for the United States District Court of Utah. He joined the court in 1997 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Kimball assumed senior status on November 30, 2009.[1]

Early life and education

A native of Utah, Kimball graduated from Brigham Young University with his bachelor's degree in 1964 and later graduated from the University of Utah College of Law with his J.D. in 1967.[1]

Professional career

Kimball spent his his legal career in private practice from 1967 to 1997 and also served as a member of the Faculty at Brigham Young Law School from 1974 to 1979.[1]

Judicial career

District of Utah

Kimball was nominated by President Bill Clinton on September 4, 1997, to a seat vacated by Judge David Winder. Kimball was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 21, 1997, and received commission on October 24, 1997.[1] Kimball was succeeded in this position by Judge David Nuffer.

Notable cases

Elizabeth Smart case (2009-2010)

     United States District Court for the District of Utah (United States of America v. Brian David Mitchell, 2:08 cv 125 DAK)

Kimball was the presiding judge in the trial of Brian David Mitchell who was accused of abducting Elizabeth Smart in 2002. On August 31, 2009, Mitchell was ordered to undergo a competency hearing on November 30, 2009 to determine if he was competent to undergo trial. Mitchell was indicted by a federal grand jury in November of 2008 on charges of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor.[2] On October 27, 2009, Judge Kimball ordered all sealed court records involving the Smart case to be made public. This came after media organizations in the state of Utah wanted court docket records opened. However, despite the ruling the judge ruled that Brian David Mitchell's mental competency records remain sealed.[3] On November 17, 2009, the judge dismissed motions from Mitchell's defense team to not allow religious experts and a psychiatrist from testifying in his trial. On the same day, Mitchell's accomplice Wanda Barzee pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor.[4]

Judge Campbell on November 30, 2009, began a series of hearings to determine if Brian Lee Mitchell was competent to stand trial. Federal prosecutors say Mitchell was competent to stand trial, but his defense team said he was not fit to go through trial.[5] The judge ruled on March 1, 2010, that Mitchell was competent to stand trial.[6]

On May 25, 2010, Mitchell was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.[7]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
David Winder
District of Utah
Seat #3
Succeeded by:
David Nuffer