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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania|
|Appointed by:||George H.W. Bush|
|Active:||4/30/1990 - 4/7/2001|
|Senior:||4/7/2001 - 12/17/2010|
|Preceded by:||William Nealon|
|Succeeded by:||John E. Jones|
|Past post:||Court of Common Pleas for the 17th Judicial District of Pennsylvania|
|Born:||April 6, 1931|
|Deceased:||December 17, 2010|
|Undergraduate:||Amherst College, A.B., 1952|
|Law School:||University of Pennsylvania Law, J.D., 1957|
James Focht McClure, Jr. was a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He joined the court in 1990 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. He assumed senior status on April 7, 2001, and later passed away on December 17, 2010.
McClure also served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954.
- 1984-1990: President judge, Snyder-Union County Court of Common Pleas, Pennsylvania
- 1974-1975: District attorney, Union County
- 1965-1984: Attorney in private practice
- 1961-1965: General Counsel, Merck & Co.
- 1958-1961: Attorney in private practice
- 1957-1958: Staff attorney, U.S. Department of State Legal Advisor's Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania
On the unanimous recommendation of U.S. Senators Arlen Specter and John Heinz III, McClure was nominated by President George Bush on January 24, 1990, to a seat vacated by Judge William Nealon as Nealon assumed senior status. McClure was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 27, 1990, and received commission on April 30, 1990. McClure later assumed senior status on April 7, 2001.
Austin Scott case
Judge McClure is presiding in a lawsuit involving former Penn State football player Austin Scott who sued Penn State University, Penn State Police, and two Centre County prosecutors over personal injury from an alleged rape prosecution.
Scott was originally charged with rape in 2007, only to have his charges dismissed. McClure removed Centre County and two prosecutors from the lawsuit as defendants on March 4, 2010 after the judge found that the prosecutors handled their case legally.
|Federal judicial offices|
|Middle District of Pennsylvania
John E. Jones
|Magistrate judges||Thomas Blewitt • William Arbuckle • Martin C. Carlson • Susan E. Schwab • Karoline Mehalchick •|
|Former Article III judges||
Thomas Vanaskie • James McClure • Robert Wodrow Archbald • Charles Witmer • Albert Williams Johnson • Albert Leisenring Watson • Frederick Follmer • Robert Herman • John William Murphy • Michael Sheridan •
|Former Chief judges|