James T. Moody

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This is the page about the federal judge for the Northern District on Indiana. If you are looking for information about the federal judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas, please see James M. Moody, if you want the state judge for the Sixth Circuit of Arkansas see James Moody (Arkansas), and if you are looking for information about the federal judge for the Middle District of Florida, please see James S. Moody.


James T. Moody
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Service:
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   2/9/1982 - 6/17/2003
Senior:   6/17/2003 - Present
Preceded by:   Jesse Eschbach
Succeeded by:   Theresa Springmann
Past post:   Magistrate Judge
Past term:   1979 - 1982
Personal History
Born:   1938
Hometown:   LaCenter, KY
Undergraduate:   Indiana U., A.B., 1960
Law School:   Indiana U. School of Law, LL.B., 1963

James Tyne Moody is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. He joined the court in 1982 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. He is serving on senior status.

Early life and education

A Native of Kentucky, Moody received both his undergraduate and J.D. degrees from Indiana University in 1960 and 1963.[1]

Professional career

  • 1977-1980: Faculty member, Indiana University
  • 1972-1979: Judge, Lake County Superior Court
  • 1964-1972: Attorney, private practice
  • City Attorney, City of East Gary and City of Lake Station[1]

Judicial career

Northern District of Indiana

From 1979 to 1982, Moody started his judicial career as a federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. On the recommendation of Senators Dan Quayle and Richard Lugar, Moody was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on December 4, 1981, to a seat vacated by Jesse Eschbach as Eschbach was appointed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Moody was confirmed by the Senate on February 8, 1982 on a senate vote and received commission on February 9, 1982. Moody assumed senior status on June 17, 2003.[1]

Notable cases

Ex-Mayor Robert Pastrick case (2010)

     United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana (State of Indiana, v. Robert A. Pastrick, et al., 3:04-cv-00506-JTM-CAN)

Judge Moody ordered former East Chicago Mayor Robert Pastrick and City Councilman Frank Kollintzas to pay the city $108 million dollars in damages for their involvement in a kickback scheme on March 11, 2010. The judge found the men liable for their involvement after Pastrick and his aides spent $24 million dollars in city money to improve infrastructure in order to influence voters in 1999. The judge found that Pastrick and Kollintzas violated the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statutes by illegally transferring city funds in order to commit misconduct in public office.[2]

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References

Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Jesse Eschbach
Northern District of Indiana
1982–2003
Seat #1
Succeeded by:
Theresa Springmann


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