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John F. Grady

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John F. Grady
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #8
Service:
Appointed by:   Gerald Ford
Active:   11/21/1975 - 5/23/1994
Chief:   1986 - 1990
Senior:   5/23/1994 - Present
Preceded by:   Edwin Robson
Succeeded by:   Robert Gettleman
Personal History
Born:   1929
Hometown:   Chicago, IL
Undergraduate:   Northwestern U., B.S., 1952
Law School:   Northwestern U. School of Law, J.D., 1954

John Francis Grady is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He joined the court in 1975 after being nominated by President Gerald Ford. He is serving on senior status.

Early life and education

Grady graduated from Northwestern University with his bachelor's degree in 1952 and graduated from Northwestern Law with his Juris Doctor degree in 1954.[1]

Professional career

  • Private practice, Chicago, Illinois, 1954-1956
  • Chief, Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois, 1956-1961
  • Private practice, Waukegan, Illinois, 1961-1976[1]

Judicial career

Northern District of Illinois

Grady was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by President Gerald Ford on October 20, 1975 to a seat vacated by Edwin Robson. Grady was confirmed by the Senate on November 20, 1975 and received commission on November 21, 1975. Grady served as the chief judge of the Northern District of Illinois from 1986 to 1990 before later assuming senior status on May 23, 1994.[1]

Notable cases

Craigslist "erotic services" case (2009)

     United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Thomas Dart, Sheriff of Cook County, v. Craigslist, Inc., 1:09-cv-01385)

Judge Grady was the presiding judge in a lawsuit involving Craigslist. Grady threw out a lawsuit filed by Cook County Sheriff who wanted to sue the website for facilitating prostitution. He threw it out on the grounds that users of the website, not the website itself, are connected to prostitution.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Edwin Robson
Northern District of Illinois
1975–1994
Seat #8
Succeeded by:
Robert Gettleman


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