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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the District of Colorado|
|Appointed by:||Jimmy Carter|
|Active:||12/16/1977 - 4/8/1988|
|Senior:||4/8/1988 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Alfred Arraj|
|Succeeded by:||Lewis Babcock|
|Bachelors:||U. of Colorado, B.A., 1958|
|Law School:||U. of Denver Law, J.D., 1960|
John L. Kane, Jr. is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. He joined the court in 1977 after being nominated by President Jimmy Carter. Kane is serving on senior status.
Early life and education
- Law clerk, Seventeenth Judicial District of Colorado, 1960-1961
- Private practice, Brighton, Colorado, 1961-1963
- Deputy district attorney, Seventeenth Judicial District of Colorado, 1961-1963
- Private practice, Denver, Colorado, 1964
- Public defender, Adams County, Brighton, Colorado, 1965-1967
- Deputy director, Peace Corps, Eastern Region of India, Calcutta, India, 1967-1968
- Country representative, Peace Corps, Turkey, 1968-1969
- Instructor, Metropolitan State College, Denver, Colorado, 1973-1974
- Private practice, Denver, Colorado, 1970-1977
- Adjunct professor, University of Denver College of Law, 1978-1988
- Visiting lecturer in law, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, 1989
- Miller distinguished visiting professor of law, University of Denver College of Law, 1990-1996
- Adjunct professor, Colorado School of Law, 1996-present 
District of Colorado
On the recommendation of Senators Gary Hart and Floyd Haskell, Kane was nominated by President Jimmy Carter on on November 2, 1977 to a seat vacated by Alfred Arraj. Kane was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 15, 1977 on a Senate vote and received commission on December 16, 1977. Kane assumed senior status on April 8, 1988.  Kane was succeeded in this position by Lewis Babcock.
The notable case section on this page needs to be reformatted.
The law firm Righthaven ran into legal troubles during the week of September 26, when Judge Kane handed down a ruling stating that Righthaven did not sufficiently own the copyrights in one of the cases they have filed suit over. The legal firm, called by some the world's first 'copyright-troll,' practices by searching the web for instances of possible copyright infringement of stories written by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Denver Post and then buys up the copyrights in question and files suit. Judge Kane's ruling on the case before him could, potentially, affect over 50 cases filed by 'Righthaven' in the state of Colorado.
Hot dog swindler case
Judge Kane was the presiding judge of a hot dog salesman who was convicted of swindling investors. On November 7, 2009, the judge sentenced Arnold Zaler to fifteen years in federal prison for his role in the case. The judge denied a request from Zaler's attorney to give a lesser sentence due to known mental health conditions on the basis of his past criminal history.
- Judge Kane's Homepage
- Face the State, "Federal bench's John Kane recuses self in Denver-madam case," January 31, 2011
- Blog: Idealawg, "The Honorable Judge Kane speaks about 'Sin, Liberty, and Law'," March 4, 2011
- Judge Kane Biography from the Federal Judicial Center
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|District of Colorado
|Magistrate judges||David West • Kathleen Tafoya • Kristen Mix • Michael Hegarty • Craig Shaffer • Boyd Boland • Michael Watanabe • Gordon Gallagher •|
|Former Article III judges||
Moses Hallett • William E. Doyle • Edward Nottingham • Zita Weinshienk • John Porfilio • Robert E. Lewis • John Foster Symes • Olin Chilson • Alfred Arraj • Jean Breitenstein • James Carrigan • Phillip Figa • Sherman Finesilver • Daniel Sparr • Fred Winner • William Knous •
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