David Thompson

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This is the page for the federal judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. If you are looking for the judge of the California Fourth District Court of Appeal, please see: David A. Thompson.
David Thompson
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Title:   Judge
Service:
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Past post:   Private practice
Past term:   1957 - 1985
Personal History
Born:   1930
Deceased:   February 19, 2011
Undergraduate:   University of Southern California 1952
Law School:   University of Southern California Law School 1955



David R. Thompson (1930 - 2011) was a federal appeals judge with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. He joined the court in 1985 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan and passed away in February 2011.[1]

Early life and education

Born in San Diego, California, Thompson graduated from The University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1952 and attended University of Southern California Law School with his bachelor's in Laws Degree, LL.B, in 1955.[2]

Career

From 1955 to 1957, Thompson served in the United States Navy. Thompson spent his entire pre-judicial legal career as a private practice attorney in the State of California from 1957 to 1985.[2]

Federal judicial career

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Pete Wilson, Thompson was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President Ronald Reagan on October 7, 1985 to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333, which was approved by Congress. Thompson was confirmed by the Senate on December 16, 1985 on a Senate vote and received commission on December 17, 1985. He assumed senior status on December 31, 1998 and served the court in that capacity until his death on February 19, 2011.[2]

Notable cases

Former Fairbanks mayor corruption case (2009)

  United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
     *Unites States, v. James C. Hayes 4:07-cr-00005-JWS-2
Judge Thompson was on a three judge panel that denied the second hearing request of former Fairbanks, Alaska Mayor Jim Hayes who was convicted in 2008 for helping his wife steal money from social service agencies. Attorneys for Hayes argued that District of Alaska judge John Sedwick's failure to allow testimony from the Mayor's wife prejudiced his case, as her testimony would have affected the outcome of the trial. Judge Thompson along with judges Joseph Farris and Johnnie Rawlinson voted against the re-hearing request.[3]


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