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James Otero

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James Otero
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Central District of California
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #25
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   02/12/2003 - Present
Preceded by:   Richard Paez
Past post:   Judge, Superior Court of Los Angeles County, California
Past term:   1990 - 2003
Personal History
Born:   1951
Hometown:   Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate:   California State U., 1973
Law School:   Stanford Law School, 1976

James Otero is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He joined the court in 2003 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.[1]


A native Californian, Otero graduated from California State University with his B.A. in 1973, and later graduated from Stanford Law with his J.D. in 1976.

Professional career

Judicial career

Central District of California

Otero was nominated by President George W. Bush on January 7, 2003, to a seat vacated by Richard Paez as Paez was nominated to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.[1] Otero was confirmed by the Senate on February 10, 2003, on an unopposed 94-0-6 vote, and received commission on February 12, 2003.[2]

Notable cases

Judge refuses to return copies of documents seized in raid (2014)

In April 2014, Judge Otero denied a land developer’s request to return items that were seized from him during the course of a federal raid of his properties. Jeff Burum, the developer, was accused of bribing county officials in an effort to obtain a $102 million settlement for his real estate investor group. Judge Otero denied Burum’s request because while the original items seized were returned to him, Burum still sought the return of copies of documents that were seized. As a criminal investigation was still underway, Judge Otero wrote that Burum’s "interest in the copies of the seized material [did] not outweigh the government’s interest."


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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Richard Paez
Central District of California
Seat #25
Succeeded by:

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