|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia|
|Appointed by:||Richard Nixon|
|Active:||10/17/1972 - 10/31/2002|
|Chief:||1973 - 1993|
|Senior:||11/01/2002 - 07/06/2014|
|Preceded by:||Hiram Widener|
|Succeeded by:||Glen Conrad|
|Hometown:||Roanoke County, VA|
|Undergraduate:||Roanoke College, A.B., 1949|
|Law School:||Washington and Lee U. Law, LL.B., 1952|
|Military service:||U.S. Army 1943 - 1946|
James Turk was a former federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia. Turk was nominated by President Richard Nixon on September 25, 1972, to a seat vacated by Hiram Widener as Widener went on senior status. Turk assumed senior status in 2002, serving in that position until his death on July 6, 2014.
A native of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Turk graduated from Roanoke College with his bachelor's degree in 1949 and from the Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1952. From 1943 to 1946, Turk also served on active duty in the US Army as a Staff Sergeant.
Turk was a private practice attorney in the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1952 to 1972 . He also served as a member of the Virginia State Senate as a elected Republican from 1959 to 1972. He served as the minority leader of the Republican Senate Caucus from 1965 to 1972.
Turk was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 12, 1972 on a Senate vote and received commission on October 17, 1972. Turk served as the chief judge of the court from 1973 to 1993 before assuming senior status on November 1, 2002. Turk was succeeded in this position by Glen Conrad.
William A. White case (2009)United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia (USA v. WHITE, No. 7:08-CR-00054)
Judge Turk was the presiding judge in the case of William A. White, head of the American National Socialist Workers Party. White was charged with making threats to an administrator of a University of Delaware diversity program. On December 3, 2009, the judge threw out an attempt by White's attorneys to dismiss the case. White was found guilty and sentenced to 30 months in prison. His appeal was denied by the Fourth Circuit Court.
- Judge Turk's Biography from the Federal Judicial Center.
- The Roanoke Times, "U.S. District Judge James Turk dies," July 6, 2014
- "UPI" Judge lets case against supremacist stand, December 3, 2009
- USDOJ, "Roanoke, Virginia, Neo-Nazi Sentenced for Threats, Witness Intimidation," April 14, 2010
- uscourt.gov, "USA v. White," July 30, 2013
|Federal judicial offices|
|Western District of Virginia
|Magistrate judges||Pamela Sargent • James Welsh • Robert Ballou • Joel C. Hoppe •|
|Former Article III judges||
John George Jackson • Alexander Caldwell • Philip Clayton Pendleton • Isaac Samuels Pennybacker • John White Brockenbrough • John Jay Jackson • Alexander Rives • John Paul • Henry Clay McDowell • James Turk • Glen Williams • Samuel Wilson • John Paul, Jr. • Armistead Dobie • Floyd Roberts • Alfred Barksdale • Ted Dalton • James Michael • Thomas Michie • Roby Thompson • Hiram Widener •
|Former Chief judges|