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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan|
|Appointed by:||George H.W. Bush|
|Active:||3/12/1990 - Present|
|Chief:||2009 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Philip Pratt|
|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.
Early life and education
- 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
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.
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.
Alleged: former mayor, police, cover-up murder of exotic dancer (2010-2011)United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (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.
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. 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.
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. The documents remained sealed per Judge Rosen's order on May 12, 2010.
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.The Greene family and their lawyers have indicated they intend to pursue an appeal in the Supreme Court.
- Judge Rosen's Biography from the Federal Judicial Center
- Eastern District of Michigan, "Judge Rosen's Biography" at the Eastern District of Michigan Site
- The Detroit Free Press, "Court: No evidence Kwame Kilpatrick derailed Tamara Greene death probe," April 25, 2013
- The Detroit Free Press, "Wayne County news briefs: Detroit accused of stalling in Greene case," January 19, 2010
- WXYZ-TV, "Kilpatrick's wife & father will have to testify," March 24, 2010
- WJBK-TV, "Worthy: Keep the lid on case tied to Tamara Greene," May 11, 2010
- The Detroit Free Press, "Lawsuit by the kids of dancer to stay sealed," May 13, 2010
- Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, "Ernest Flagg, as Next Friend of J.B., a minor, et al., v. City of Detroit & Kwame M. Kilpatrick," April 25, 2013
- Michigan Live, "Tamara Greene attorney says he's taking Kwame Kilpatrick coverup lawsuit to Supreme Court," April 30, 2013
|Federal judicial offices|
|Eastern District of Michigan
Chief Judge: Gerald Rosen • Victoria Roberts • Paul Borman • Sean Cox • Denise Hood • David Lawson • Thomas Ludington • Gershwin Drain • Mark Goldsmith • Stephen Murphy • Linda V. Parker • Laurie Michelson • Terrence Berg • Judith Ellen Levy • Matthew Frederick Leitman
Bernard Friedman • Marianne Battani • Anna Taylor • Robert Cleland • Avern Cohn • Julian Cook • Patrick Duggan • Nancy Edmunds • John O'Meara • George Steeh • Arthur Tarnow • Lawrence Zatkoff • Stewart Newblatt • Charles Joiner • James Harvey • James Churchill •
|Magistrate judges||Steven Whalen • Michael Hluchaniuk • Paul Komives • Mona Majzoub • David Grand • Patricia T. Morris •|
|Former Article III judges||
Damon Keith • John Feikens • Paul Gadola • Cornelia Kennedy • Ralph Guy • Richard Suhrheinrich • Horace Gilmore • Ross Wilkins • Barbara Hackett • George La Plata • Henry Billings Brown • John Wesley Longyear • Henry Harrison Swan • Alexis Caswell Angell • Arthur Tuttle • Charles Casper Simons • Edward Julien Moinet • Ernest Aloysius O'Brien • Arthur Lederle • Frank Picard • Wade Hampton McCree, Jr. • Patricia Boyle • Robert DeMascio • Ralph Freeman • Lawrence Gubow • Frederick Kaess • Arthur Koscinski • Theodore Levin • Thaddeus Machrowicz • Clifford O'Sullivan • Philip Pratt • Stephen Roth • Talbot Smith • Thomas Thornton • George Woods •
|Former Chief judges||
Damon Keith • Bernard Friedman • Anna Taylor • Julian Cook • John Feikens • Lawrence Zatkoff • Cornelia Kennedy • Arthur Lederle • Frank Picard • James Churchill • Ralph Freeman • Frederick Kaess • Theodore Levin • Philip Pratt •