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David Cercone

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David Cercone
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #3
Station:   Pittsburgh, PA
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   08/02/2002 - Present
Preceded by:   Donald Lee
Past post:   Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Judge
Past term:   1986 - 2002
Personal History
Born:   1952
Hometown:   Pittsburgh, PA
Undergraduate:   Westminster College, B.A., 1974
Law School:   Duquesne U. Law, J.D., 1977

David Cercone is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He joined the court in 2002 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.[1]

Early life and education

A native Pennsylvanian, Cercone graduated with his bachelor's degree from Westminster College, in 1974 and later graduated from the Duquesne University School of Law with his Juris Doctorate degree in 1977.[1]

Professional career

Teaching career

  • 1983-Present: Adjunct professor, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1993-1995: Adjunct faculty member, Robert Morris College[1]

Judicial career

Western District of Pennsylvania

On the unanimous recommendation of Pennsylvania U.S. Senators Rick Santorum and Arlen Specter, Cercone was nominated by President George W. Bush on March 21, 2002 to a seat vacated by Donald Lee as Lee assumed senior status. Cercone was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 1, 2002 on a majority voice vote and received commission on August 2, 2002.[2]

Notable cases

Stay of execution signed for William Wright (2009)

     United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
On July 20, 2009, Judge Cercone issued a stay of execution for a Pennsylvania man scheduled to be executed in September of 2009. The judge ordered the execution of convicted murderer William Wright to be postponed to allow his attorneys time to file an appeal to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.[3] The Third Circuit ruled for a competency exam for Wright, but in response the inmate asked that the governor officially sign the death warrant. Wright said he was tired of delays in the proceedings.[4] The family of Wright argued that he was not mentally competent to request his own execution and won the right over his appeals.[5]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Donald Lee
Western District of Pennsylvania
2002–Current
Seat #3
Succeeded by:
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