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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|
|Home State:||Danville, PA|
|Deceased:||December 17, 2010|
|Bachelors:||Amherst College, A.B., 1952|
|Law School:||U. 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.
Early life and education
A native Pennsylvanian, McClure graduated from Amherst College with his Bachelor's Degree in 1952 and later graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School with his juris doctorate degree in 1957. McClure also served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954.
McClure began his legal career as a Staff Attorney for the U.S. Department of State Legal Advisor's Office from 1957 to 1958. McClure had two stints as a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Pennsylvania from 1958 to 1961 and 1965 to 1984. Also, McClure served as General Counsel to Merck & Co., Inc. from 1961 to 1965 and later served as the District attorney for Union County from 1974 to 1975. McClure also served as the President judge Court of Common Pleas for the 17th Judicial District of Pennsylvania representing Snyder and Union Counties from 1984 to 1990.
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 William Nealon as Nealon assumed senior status. McClure was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 27, 1990 on a senate vote 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 • Andrew Smyser • William Arbuckle • Mildred Methvin • Martin C. Carlson • Susan E. Schwab •|
|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|