Emmet Sullivan

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Emmet Sullivan
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Title:   Judge
Station:   D.C.
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   6/16/1994 - Present
Preceded by:   Louis Oberdorfer
Past post:   United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Past term:   1992-1994
Personal History
Born:   1947
Hometown:   Washington, DC
Undergraduate:   Howard University '68
Law School:   Howard University '71
Emmet G. Sullivan is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He joined the court in 1994 after being nominated by Bill Clinton.[1]

Early life and education

Sullivan graduated from Howard University in 1968 and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1971.[1]

Professional career

Sullivan began his career with two stints as a law clerk for the Neighborhood Legal Services Program of Washington, D.C. from 1971 to 1972 and for D.C. Superior Court Judge James Washington from 1972 to 1973. Sullivan served ten years as a private practice attorney licensed in Washington, D.C. from 1974 to 1984. In 1984, he became an associate judge in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, where he served until 1992. Next, he joined the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1992 to 1994.[1]

Judicial career

District of Columbia

Sullivan was nominated by President Bill Clinton on March 22, 1994 to a seat vacated by Louis Oberdorfer as Oberdorfer assumed senior status. Sullivan was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 15, 1994 on a majority voice vote, receiving his commission on June 16, 1994.[2][1]

Notable cases

Conviction of Senator Ted Stevens voided (2008-2012)

     United States District Court for the District of Columbia (In Re Special Proceedings, 09-0198)

In October 2008, Senator Ted Stevens was convicted of seven counts of corruption regarding unreported gifts. Following the conviction, Stevens noted the "repeated instances of prosecutorial misconduct in [the] case."[3]

In April 2009, the United States Department of Justice asked Judge Sullivan to drop the charges against Senator Stevens, in the face of problems found in the case constructed by the prosecution.[4]

During the hearing for the conviction dismissal on April 7, 2009, Judge Sullivan dropped the conviction. In addition, he soundly criticized the prosecutors in the case, stating:

In nearly 25 years on the bench, I have never seen anything approaching the mishandling and misconduct that I have seen in this case. Again and again, both before and during the trial in this case, the government was caught making false representations and not meeting its discovery obligations.[5] [6]

Sullivan also appointed an attorney to pursue an outside investigation of the prosecutors and called for criminal contempt charges to be brought against the team.[5]

In the investigation, concluded in March 2012, it was determined that the prosecutors withheld evidence and tampered with witnesses, among other misconduct.[7]

See also


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