James McClure

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James McClure
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
Title:   Former Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Service:
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
Past term:   1984-1990
Personal History
Born:   April 6, 1931
Hometown:   Danville, PA
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.[1]

Education

McClure graduated from Amherst College with his bachelor's degree in 1952 and later graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School with his J.D. degree in 1957.[1]

Military service

McClure also served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954.[1]

Professional career

Judicial career

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.[1]

Notable cases

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.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
William Nealon
Middle District of Pennsylvania
1990–2001
Seat #1
Succeeded by:
John E. Jones


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