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Edmund Sargus

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Edmund Sargus
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #5
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   8/1/1996-Present
Chief:   1/1/2015-Present
Preceded by:   Carl Rubin
Personal History
Born:   1953
Hometown:   Wheeling, WV
Undergraduate:   Brown University, 1975
Law School:   Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1978

Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. is the chief judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. He joined the court in 1996 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Sargus became the chief judge on January 1, 2015.[1]


Sargus is a graduate of Brown University, having received his bachelor's degree in 1975. He later attended the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, receiving his Juris Doctor degree in 1978.[2]

Professional career

From 1978 to 1993, Sargus was a private practice attorney in Bellaire, and St. Clairsville, both in Ohio, and served as Special Counsel for the Attorney General of Ohio. Sargus was an elected Member of the City Council of St. Clairesville from 1988 to 1991 before being appointed by President Bill Clinton to the position of US Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio in 1993. He served in that position until his judicial appointment in 1996.[2]

Judicial career

Southern District of Ohio

On the recommendation of Senator John Glenn, Sargus was nominated by President Bill Clinton on December 22, 1995, to his current position on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, which was being vacated by Carl Rubin. Sargus was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 22, 1996, and received commission on August 1, 1996.[2]

Notable cases

Ohio campaign finance law unconstitutional (2013)

     United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Sandra O'Brien, v. Jennifer Brunner, et al., 2:09-cv-733)

On August 26, 2009, United States District Court Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr., issued a permanent injunction enjoining the Ohio Secretary of State and the Ohio Elections Commission “from enforcing subsections (C), (D), (E), and (F) of Ohio Revised Code Section 3517.103 against any present or future candidate for statewide office.”[3]

The Court’s order held that those sections of the law were “indistinguishable from the federal statute struck down by the [United States] Supreme Court in Davis [v. Fed. Election Commission, 128 S.Ct. 2759 (2008)]” and were therefore unconstitutional.[3]

This section of the statute deals with contributions to a campaign committee of a statewide or general assembly candidate from the candidate or family members and is commonly referred to as the “Personal Funds Statute”.[3]

OH homeless voters consent decree (2008)

     United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, et al., v. Jennifer Brunner, in her official capacity, et al., 2:06-cv-00869-ALM-TPK)

In 2006, the Ohio Legislature enacted a law specifying voter residence guidelines. Section 3503.02(I) of the law reads:
If a person does not have a fixed place of habitation, but has a shelter or other location at which the person has been a consistent or regular inhabitant and to which the person has the intention of returning, that shelter or other location shall be deemed the person’s residence for the purpose of registering to vote.[4][5]
A consent decree signed by Judge Sargus on October 27, 2008, reinforced that residence locations other than buildings shall be deemed an acceptable address. A further clarification was issued on October 29, 2008, pointing out that the previous order did not modify the legislative statute in any way, and that the statute remains the governing law concerning voting by the homeless in Ohio.[6] Nevertheless, media reports indicated that Judge Sargus issued a ruling regulating what types of address the homeless may use, though the statute passed by the legislature already permitted the same. The order was essentially a legal formality, and was actually prepared and submitted to the court by lawyers for the Ohio Secretary of State.[6]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Carl Rubin
Southern District of Ohio
Seat #5
Succeeded by: