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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Title:   Chief Judge
Position:   Seat #10
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   3/12/1990 - Present
Chief:   2009 - Present
Preceded by:   Philip Pratt
Personal History
Born:   1951
Hometown:   Chandler, AZ
Undergraduate:   Kalamazoo College, 1973
Law School:   George Washington U. Law School, 1979

Gerald Ellis Rosen is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He joined the court in 1990 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush.[1]

Early life and education

Rosen earned his B.A. from Kalamazoo College in 1973 and his J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 1979.[1]

Professional career

  • 1979-1990: Senior partner, Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone
  • 1982: Republican candidate, Michigan 17th District
  • 1974-1979: Legislative assistant to Michigan United States Senator Robert Griffin[1]

Since 1992, Judge Rosen has been an Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching Evidence at University of Michigan Law School, Wayne State University Law School, University of Detroit Law School and Thomas M. Cooley Law School.


Rosen has written and published articles for professional journals and the popular press on a wide range of issues, including Civil Procedure, Evidence, Due Process, Criminal Law, labor law and legal advertising, as well as numerous other topics. He is also a co-author of "Federal Civil Trials and Evidence", "Federal Employment Litigation" and "Michigan Civil Trials and Evidence" and is the Senior Editor of West Publishing Company's Michigan Practice Guide series.

Awards and associations

For five years prior to joining the court, Judge Rosen co-chaired the Judicial Evaluation Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.From 1995 to 2001, Rosen served on the US Judicial Conference's Committee on Criminal Law. As a member of that committee, he was actively involved in developing criminal law sentencing guidelines procedure policy for the Federal Judicial Branch.[1][2]

Judicial career

Eastern District of Michigan

Rosen was nominated by President George H.W. Bush on November 9, 1989, to a seat vacated by Judge Philip Pratt as Pratt assumed senior status. Rosen was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 9, 1990, on full Senate Approval and received commission on March 12, 1990.[1]

Notable cases

Alleged: former mayor, police, cover-up murder of exotic dancer (2010-2011)

     United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ((dead link) Ernest Flagg, as Next Friend of J.B., a minor, et al., v. City of Detroit & Kwame M. Kilpatrick, 2:05-cv-74253-GER-RSW)

Judge Rosen was the presiding judge in a wrongful death suit brought upon the death of Tamara Greene. Greene was an exotic dancer who allegedly danced at a rumored 'wild party' at the Detroit mayoral mansion, the Manoogian Mansion. The dancer was killed in a drive-by shooting in April 2013, roughly eight months after some say the party had occurred. It was also alleged that disgraced former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's wife, Carlita Kilpatrick, showed up to end the party and assaulted Greene; the defendants maintained that there was never a party at the Mansion. Greene's family sued the City and the mayor in 2005, claiming that the Detroit Police botched the investigation into her murder to prevent her killers from being found and to prevent facts of the supposed party from becoming public.[3]

On January 15, 2010, after indications the City was not cooperating with discovery requests in an attempt to stall the case, Judge Rosen warned the defendants that further failures to comply in a timely fashion would be met with sanctions. Rosen issued an order giving the City and Attorney General's office a week to hand over documents related to the trial to Greene's family attorney, who had requested the materials.[4] On March 23, 2010, the judge granted a request by Greene's attorneys to have the wife and father of Kwame Kilpatrick deposed. However, the judge denied a request to depose a former staffer of Michigan Attorney General, Mike Cox, regarding the Attorney General's offices' involvement in the case.[5]

Due to the lurid and high-reaching allegations in the suit, media members requested that relevant documents be made public, and a hearing to decide on this was scheduled. In advance of the hearing, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy wrote a letter to Judge Rosen urging him to restrict what documents the media can view. Although it was seven years after the shooting death of Greene, Worthy emphasized that the efforts of the investigations related to the case would be derailed if improper information was released. The sealed documents included Attorney General Cox's deposition.[6] The documents remained sealed per Judge Rosen's order on May 12, 2010.[7]

In 2011, Judge Rosen found that there was no evidence that city officials or the former mayor sabotaged the murder investigation into Tamara Greene's death. Rosen granted summary judgement in favor of the City of Detroit and Kilpatrick. The Greene family attorney appealed the decision to the Sixth Circuit, but Judge Rosen's decision was upheld.[3][8]

The Greene family and their lawyers have indicated they intend to pursue an appeal in the Supreme Court.[9]

See also

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