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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the District of South Dakota|
|Appointed by:||Bill Clinton|
|Active:||11/22/1993 - 7/31/2009|
|Chief:||1999 - 2005|
|Senior:||7/31/2009 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Donald Porter|
|Succeeded by:||Jeffrey Viken|
|Undergraduate:||University of South Dakota, B.A., 1962|
|Law School:||University of South Dakota School of Law, J.D., 1965|
|Grad. School:||U.S. Army 1965 - 1968|
Lawrence L. Piersol is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota. He joined the court in 1993 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Piersol assumed senior status on June 30, 2009.
Early life and education
After serving in the military and law school, Piersol spent his pre-judicial legal career in private practice from 1968 to 1993.
District of South Dakota
On the recommendation of Senator Tom Daschle, Piersol was nominated by President Bill Clinton on August 6, 1993 to a seat vacated by Donald Porter. Piersol was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 20, 1993 and received commission on November 22, 1993. Piersol served as the chief judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota from 1999 to 2005.
Iowa man threatens fed. judge (2009)United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa (United States, v. Robert Emil Swanson, 2009 WL 1052945)
Piersol sentenced a Iowa man for threatening federal judge Linda Reade of Northern District of Iowa. The case was heard in South Dakota as judges in both the Northern District of Iowa and Southern District of Iowa recused themselves in the case including Judge Reade.
Robert E. Swanson, who was convicted of threatening Judge Reade, faced a minimum of two years under federal sentencing guidelines. Prosecutors pushed for a harsher term because of his criminal record, which included a 1974 rape conviction, a 1980 sex assault and a 1986 assault.Judge Piersol commented that "Swanson's past crimes should be considered, even though they weren't included in the guidelines." Federal prosecutor Matthew Whitaker concurred with Piersol saying: "because they were so long ago ... that skewed his history and made him seem less dangerous than he really was." Judge Piersol sentenced Swanson to eight years in federal prison.
- List of judges of the District of South Dakota (timed out)
- Piersol Biography from the Federal Judicial Center
- Associated Press, "Judge's ruling paves way for S. Dakota execution," October 10, 2012
|Federal judicial offices|
|District of South Dakota
|Magistrate judges||William D. Gerdes • Veronica Duffy • Mark Moreno • John Simko •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|