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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi|
|Appointed by:||Ronald Reagan|
|Active:||10/17/1985 - Present|
|Chief:||2003 - 2010|
|Preceded by:||98 Stat. 333|
|Home State:||Jackson, MS|
|Bachelors:||Grinnell College, B.A., 1969|
|Law School:||Yale Law, J.D., 1972|
|Military service:||U.S. Navy 1973 - 1976, Reserves 1983 - Present|
Henry Travillion Wingate is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. He joined the court in 1985 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Wingate began serving as Chief Judge of the court in 2003.
Early life and education
- Law clerk, Community Legal Aid, Jackson, Mississippi, 1972-1973
- Private practice, Jackson, Mississippi, 1973
- Lieutenant, Naval Legal Services Office, U.S. Navy, 1973-1976
- Senior assistant defense counsel, 1973-1974
- Trial counsel, 1974-1976
- Adjunct instructor, Golden Gate University, 1975-1976
- Adjunct lecturer, Tidewater Community College, 1976
- Special assistant attorney general, State of Mississippi, 1976-1980
- Adjunct professor, Mississippi College School of Law, 1978-1983
- Assistant district attorney, Seventh Circuit Court District, State of Mississippi, 1980-1984
- U.S. Navy Reserve, 1983-
- Assistant U.S. attorney, Southern District of Mississippi, 1984-1985 
Southern District of Mississippi
On the recommendation of Mississippi U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, Wingate was nominated to the Southern District of Mississippi by President Ronald Reagan on September 11, 1985 to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333 which was approved by Congress. Wingate was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 16, 1985 on a Senate vote and received commission on October 17, 1985. Wingate has served as the court's chief judge since 2003. 
A notable case on this page needs to be updated.
Criticisms of case delays
Judge Wingate was criticized by a three judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on March 25, 2010, for failing to enter a judgment in a case in which a person won $1.3 million on a 2002 jury verdict against his former employer.
Fifth Circuit judge Grady Jolly criticized the court for being slow in resolving cases as the Mississippi court had previous complaints filed against them to the circuit's judicial council.
Obama threat case
Judge Wingate is presiding in the trial of a Wisconsin man who threatened to assassinate then-President-elect Barack Obama. Steven Christopher is accused of using his website to plot an assassination attempt against the President of the United States. No trial date has been scheduled; however, the judge ruled on July 28, 2009 that Christopher was mentally competent to stand trial. 
|Federal judicial offices|
|Southern District of Mississippi
|Magistrate judges||Linda Anderson • Michael Parker • Robert Walker • John Roper • Keith Ball •|
|Former Article III judges|
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