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Gary Feess
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Central District of California
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #4
Service:
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   7/7/1999-3/13/2014
Senior:   3/13/2014-Present
Preceded by:   James Ideman
Succeeded by:   André Birotte, Jr.
Personal History
Born:   1948
Hometown:   Alliance, OH
Undergraduate:   Ohio State University, 1970
Law School:   University of California at Los Angeles, 1974

Gary Feess is a federal judge on senior status for the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He joined the court in 1999 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Feess assumed senior status on March 13, 2014, after 14 years on the bench.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Alliance, Ohio, Feess graduated from The Ohio State University with his bachelor's degree in 1970 and later from the University of California-Los Angeles School of Law with his Juris Doctor degree in 1974.[1]

Professional career

Feess was a private practice attorney from 1974 to 1979. Feess served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California in the U.S. Attorney's Office from 1979 to 1987 and then as Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1987 to 1989. Feess returned to private practice from 1989 to 1996 before serving as Superior Court Judge in the Los Angeles County, California Superior Court from 1996 to 1999.[1]

Judicial career

Central District of California

On the recommendation of U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, Feess was nominated to the United States District Court for the Central District of California by President Bill Clinton on January 26, 1999, to a seat vacated by James Ideman. Feess was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 30, 1999, on a voice vote and received commission on July 7, 1999.[2] Feess assumed senior status on March 13, 2014.[1]

Notable cases

LAPD consent decree case (2009)

     United States District Court for the Central District of California
Judge Feess on July 17, 2009, lifted a decade-long consent decree on the Los Angeles Police Department.

The consent decree happened after the Rampart scandal which affected the anti-gang unit of the police force. The scandal was one of a number of incidents that bruised the image of the department during the 1990's. In 1999, a federal judge ordered that the Los Angeles Police appoint an independent monitor and comply with 100 reforms including a ban on all racial profiling.

After noted improvements on how the LAPD conducted their operations, the independent monitor asked the judge for an end to the decree. In ending the decree, the judge approved a transition agreement that would move oversight of the department to Los Angeles Police Commission. The agreement orders units of the department to report to the police oversight body. Judge Feess told the parties that the court will keep jurisdiction over the agreement.[3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
James Ideman
Central District of California
1999–2014
Seat #4
Succeeded by:
André Birotte, Jr.


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