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James Carr

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James Carr
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #4
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   5/9/1994 - 6/1/2010
Chief:   2004 - 2010
Senior:   6/1/2010 - Present
Preceded by:   Richard McQuade
Succeeded by:   Jeffrey J. Helmick
Past post:   Magistrate Judge
Past term:   1979 - 1994
Personal History
Born:   1940
Hometown:   Boston, MA
Undergraduate:   Kenyon College, B.A., 1966
Law School:   Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1969

James G. Carr is a senior judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He joined the court in 1994 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. He is a former chief judge of the court.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Carr received his bachelor's degree from Kenyon College in 1966 and his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1969.[1]

Professional career

  • Private practice, Chicago, Illinois, 1966-1968
  • Staff attorney, Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation, Illinois, 1968-1970
  • Adjunct professor, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1969
  • Adjunct professor, Loyola University, Chicago, School of Law, 1970
  • Associate professor, University of Toledo College of Law, 1970-1979
  • Assistant prosecutor, Lucas County Prosecutor's Office, Ohio, 1972-1973[1]

Judicial career

Northern District of Ohio

From 1979 to 1994, Carr was a federal magistrate judge in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio before being appointed to Article III federal judge.[1]

On the recommendation of Senator John Glenn, Carr was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio by President Bill Clinton on January 27, 1994 to a seat vacated by Richard McQuade Carr was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 6, 1994 on a Senate vote and received commission on May 9, 1994.[2] He served as chief judge of the court from 2004 to 2010. He assumed senior status on June 1, 2010.[1] He was succeeded to this post by Jeffrey J. Helmick.

Notable cases

Ohio terror plot case (2009)

     United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (United States, v. Mohammad Amawi, et al., 3:06-cr-00719-JGC)

Judge Carr presided in the trial of a Ohio man who planned a terrorist plot to kill US troops. On October 21, 2009, the judge sentenced Mohammad Amawi to twenty years in prison for his involvement in the plot. FBI informants were used as evidence to find that Amawi and two other men planned to kill troops on certain military bases. The case was subsequently appealed, and Carr's ruling was upheld.[3]

Government freezes charity's assets without warrant (2009)

     United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (KindHearts for Charitable Humanitarian Development, Inc., v. Timothy Geithner, et al., 3:08-cv-02400-JGC)

Judge Carr ruled against federal authorities on August 18, 2009 for attempting to freeze assets of an Ohio-based charitable organization. The judge ruled against authorities who attempted to freeze the assets of KindHearts Humanitarian Development over allegations that the group has ties to the terrorist organization Hamas.[4] Carr found that federal authorities failed to obtain a warrant in which prevented federal authorities from freezing the organizations assets.[4]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Richard McQuade
Northern District of Ohio
Seat #4
Succeeded by:
Jeffrey J. Helmick

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