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Julio Fuentes

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Julio Fuentes
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Title:   Judge
Station:   Philadelphia, PA
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   3/9/2000-Present
Preceded by:   Robert Cowen
Personal History
Born:   1946
Hometown:   Humacao, PR
Undergraduate:   Southern Illinois University, 1971
Law School:   SUNY Buffalo Law, 1975
Grad. School:   New York University, 1972
Rutgers, 1993

Julio M. Fuentes is a federal appeals judge with the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He joined the court in 2000 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.[1]


Fuentes graduated from Southern Illinois University with his bachelor's degree in 1971 and went on to obtain his Master's degree from New York University in 1972. Fuentes received his J.D. from Buffalo Law School in 1975, and earned a second Master's degree from Rutgers University in 1993.[1]


Federal judicial career

On the recommendation of New Jersey U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, Fuentes was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by President Bill Clinton on March 8, 1999, to a seat vacated by Robert Cowen as Cowen assumed senior status. Fuentes was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 7, 2000 on a Senate vote and received commission on March 9, 2000.[2]

Notable cases

Delaware sports betting case (2009)

     United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (OFC Commissioner of Baseball, et al, v. Jack Markell, et al,, 09-3297)

Judge Fuentes was part of a three judge panel led by Thomas Hardiman which presided over a case about whether the State of Delaware has legal standing to expand sports betting. The panel ruled on September 1, 2009 that the State of Delaware can offer sports betting on parlays (multiple games), but ruled that betting on individual games including football, basketball, and hockey is illegal under federal law. The ruling from the Third Circuit affirmed Judge Greg Sleet's ruling that Delaware was limited to offering sports betting for multiple games. This is consistent with a 1976 law that outlaws wagering on individual games.[3] Judge Fuentes joined Judges Thomas Hardiman and Theodore McKeeon the three judge panel.[4]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Robert Cowen
Third Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by: