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George Wu

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George Wu
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Central District of California
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #5
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   4/17/2007 - Present
Preceded by:   Ronald Lew
Personal History
Born:   1950
Hometown:   New York, NY
Undergraduate:   Pomona College, B.A., 1972
Law School:   University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1975

George Wu (b.1950) is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He joined the court in 2007 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.[1]

Early life and education

Wu graduated from Pomona with his bachelor's degree in 1972 and later graduated from Chicago Law with his J.D. degree in 1975.

Professional career

  • Private practice, Los Angeles, California, 1975-1976, 1977-1979, 1989-1991
  • Law clerk, Hon. Stanley N. Barnes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1976-1977, 1979
  • Assistant professor of law, University of Tennessee College of Law, 1979-1982
  • Assistant U.S. attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of California, 1982-1989, 1991-1993
  • Judge, Los Angeles Municipal Court, California, 1993-1996
  • Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court, California, 1996-2007

Judicial career

Central District of California

Judge Wu was nominated by President George W. Bush on January 9, 2007 to a seat vacated by Ronald Lew. Wu was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 27, 2007, and received commission on April 17, 2007.

Notable cases

MySpace suicide case (2009)

     U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (USA v. Lori Drew, 2:08-cr-00582-GW-1)

Judge Wu was the presiding judge in the case of a Missouri woman who was convicted of computer fraud charges stemming from an Internet hoax that prompted a teenage girl to commit suicide. On July 2, 2009, Judge Wu decided to tentatively acquit Lori Drew, who was convicted in November of 2008. The decision reversed a jury's verdicts which convicted the woman of computer fraud charges.[2]

The case received a lot of national attention and created an uproar on the issue of internet security.[2]

On August 28, 2009, Judge Wu officially reversed the conviction of Lori Drew. The judge found that The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act was not applied beyond a reasonable doubt in convicting Drew of a misdemeanor. Wu said that the federal law that governs terms and conditions of visiting a website is "constitutionally vague".[3]

Almost three months later, federal prosecutors said they would not appeal Judge Wu's dismissal of charges against Drew.[4]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Ronald Lew
Central District of California
Seat #5
Succeeded by:

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