Garland Burrell

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Garland Burrell
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #6T
Service:
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   March 2, 1992 - 7/4/2012
Chief:   2007 - 2008
Senior:   7/4/2012 - Present
Preceded by:   104 Stat. 5089
Succeeded by:   Troy L. Nunley
Personal History
Born:   1947
Hometown:   Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate:   California State U., Los Angeles, B.A., 1972
Law School:   California Western School of Law, San Diego, J.D., 1976
Grad. School:   Washington U. in St. Louis, M.S.W., 1976
Military service:   U.S. Marine Corps 1966 - 1968
Garland Ellis Burrell, Jr. is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. He joined the court in 1992 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. On July 4, 2012, Burrell assumed senior status after serving on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California for 20 years.[1][2]

Early life and education

Born in Los Angeles, California, Burrell served in the United States Marine Corps from 1966 to 1968 before graduating from California State University Los Angeles with his bachelor's degree in 1972. Burrell received his Juris Doctor degree from the California Western School of Law in 1976 and earned an M.S.W. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1976.[1][3]

Professional career

Judicial career

Eastern District of California

On the recommendation of Senator Pete Wilson, Burrell was nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California by President George H.W. Bush on August 1, 1991 to a new seat created by 104 Stat. 5089, which was approved by Congress. Burrell was confirmed on the unanimous consent of the U.S. Senate on February 27, 1992 and received commission on March 2, 1992.[4] Burrell served as the Chief Judge of the Court from 2007 to 2008. On July 4, 2012 Garland Burrell assumed senior status after serving on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California for 20 years.[1]

Notable cases

Atheist's First Amendment rights violated (2013)

     United States District Court for the Eastern District of California (Hazle v. Crofoot, D.C. No.2:08-cv-02295-GEB-EFB)

Judge Burrell was the presiding judge in a case where Barry Hazle's, an Atheist, sued his parole officer for revoking his parole after refusing to participate in a 12-step program that required accepting a higher power. Hazle sued for damages for false imprisonment and violation of his First Amendment rights. Judge Burrell found that there was significant basis for the suit and allowed it to go to a jury for trial. The jury found that Hazle's rights were violated, but awarded no damages. Hazle requested a retrial, which was denied by Judge Burrell, but when he appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals a retrial was awarded.[5]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
NA-New Seat
Eastern District of California
1992–2012
Seat #6T
Succeeded by:
Troy L. Nunley


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