David Katz

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David Katz
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #2
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   10/11/1994 - 1/1/2005
Senior:   1/1/2005 - Present
Preceded by:   Alvin Krenzler
Succeeded by:   Jack Zouhary
Personal History
Born:   1933
Hometown:   Toldeo, OH
Undergraduate:   Ohio State U., B.S., 1955
Law School:   Ohio State U. College of Law, J.D., 1957

David A. Katz is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He joined the court in 1994 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. He is serving on senior status.

Early life and education

An Ohio native, Katz graduated from The Ohio State University with his bachelor's and Juris Doctor Degrees, respectively, in 1955 and 1957.[1]

Professional career

After law school, Katz worked the majority of his legal career in private practice in Toledo before being appointed to the Federal Bench in 1994.[1]

Judicial career

Northern District of Ohio

On the unanimous recommendation of Ohio U.S. Senators John Glenn and Howard Metzenbaum, Katz was nominated by President Bill Clinton on August 12, 1994 to a seat vacated by Alvin I. Krenzler as Krenzler retired. Katz was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 7, 1994 and received commission on October 11, 1994. Judge Katz assumed senior status on January 1, 2005.[1]

Notable cases

Sheriff not guilty in jailhouse death (2010)

  United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
     *[ United States, v. John E. Gray, et al.] 3:09-cr-182-1
Judge Katz was the presiding judge in a case against Lucas County Sheriff James Telb and three other correctional officers. In April of 2009, the four were charged for their alleged roles in causing and covering up the death of Carlton Benton, in Lucas County Jail. Benton, who died in custody in 2004, was awaiting trial on two murder charges.[2]

According to the charging indictment, Deputy Sheriff John E. Gray applied a choke-hold that caused Benton's death. Sheriff Telb was charged with making false statements to federal investigators and attempting to cover-up a crime.[2]

The three other correctional officers were charged with deprivation of rights while acting in their official capacity, along with falsifying documents.[2]

In December of 2010, Sheriff Telb was found not guilty on all charges, along with another co-defendant. Two others, John E. Gray and Sheriff Deputy Jay Schmeltz were found guilty of falsifying documents, and Gray was additionally guilty of a civil rights violation for not getting Benton medical help after the sleeper hold was applied.[3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Alvin Krenzler
Northern District of Ohio
Seat #2
Succeeded by:
Jack Zouhary

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