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Garr King
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Oregon
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #4
Service:
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   4/30/1998 - 1/30/2009
Senior:   1/30/2009 - Present
Preceded by:   Helen Frye
Succeeded by:   Marco A. Hernandez
Personal History
Born:   1936
Hometown:   Pocatello, ID
Undergraduate:   University of Utah
Law School:   Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, LL.B., 1963

Garr M. King is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. He joined the court in 1998 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. King is serving on senior status.[1]

Early life and education

King graduated with his law degree from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in 1963.[1]

Professional career

King began his legal career as a Deputy District Attorney for the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office from 1963 to 1966. From 1966 to 1998, he was a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Oregon.[1]

Judicial career

District of Oregon

King was nominated by President Bill Clinton October 8, 1997 to a seat vacated by Helen Frye as Frye assumed senior status. King was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 27, 1998 on a majority voice vote and received commission on April 30, 1998.[2] King assumed senior status on January 30, 2009. King was succeeded in this position by Marco A. Hernandez.[1]

Notable cases

James Chasse, Jr. case (2010)

     United States District Court for the District of Oregon (Chasse et al v. Humphreys et al, 3:2007cv00189)

Judge King was the presiding judge in a federal rights lawsuit filed by the family of the late James Chasse, Jr. Chasse, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, died in police custody after he was arrested in 2006. There was considerable public outcry after Chasse's death, including allegations of police brutality and mishandling of individuals with mental health issues.[3] The family's suit accused the City of Portland's police officers of using excessive force and denying Chasse appropriate medical attention.[4]

On February 16, 2010, Judge King denied the City of Portland a venue change after the city argued they would not get a fair trial due to media publicity. Judge King said it was unclear whether the pre-trial publicity tainted the jury pool, but that he would reverse his decision if there were "inflammatory" media stories.[5][6]

On May 10, 2010, Judge King dismissed the lawsuit after the parties reached a settlement. The City of Portland agreed to pay $1.6 million to James Chasse, Jr.'s family and release reports on the case which were not previously available to the public.[7]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Helen Frye
District of Oregon
1998–2009
Seat #4
Succeeded by:
Marco Hernandez


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