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Linda Reade

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Linda Reade
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
Title:   Chief Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   11/26/2002 - Present
Chief:   2006 - Present
Preceded by:   Michael Melloy
Personal History
Born:   1948
Hometown:   Sioux Falls, SD
Undergraduate:   Drake U., B.A., 1970
Law School:   Drake U. Law School, J.D., 1980
Grad. School:   Iowa State U., M.S., 1973

Linda Reade is the Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. Reade is currently the Chief Judge of the Court. She joined the Court in 2002 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.

Early life and education

Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Reade graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa with her bachelor's degree in 1970 and received a Master's degree from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa in 1973. Reade received her Juris Doctor degree from Drake University School of Law in 1980.[1]

Professional career

Reade was a law clerk in an Iowa private practice firm briefly in 1980 before practicing as an attorney in Iowa until 1986. Reade was an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice's U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Iowa from 1986 to 1993, serving as Chief of the General Criminal Prosecutions Division from 1990 to 1993. Reade was appointed by the Iowa Judicial Nominating Commission to serve as Circuit Court Judge for the Iowa District Court of Polk County, Iowa from 1993 to 2002.[1]

Judicial career

Northern District of Iowa

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, Reade was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa by President George W. Bush on June 26, 2002, to a seat vacated by Michael Melloy. Reade was confirmed by the Senate on November 14, 2002 on a Senate vote and received commission on November 26, 2002.[2]

Notable cases

Illegal worker raid case (2010)

     United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa (US v. Rubashkin, 08-CR-1324-LRR)

Judge Reade presided in the case of Sholom Rubashkin, a top manager of Agriprocessors, Inc based in Pottsville, Iowa. Rubashkin was charged after a May 2008 raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In November 2009, he was convicted of bank, mail and wire fraud; making false statements to a bank; money laundering; and violations of an order to the Secretary of Agriculture.[3]

A sentencing hearing was held on April 29, 2010, in which federal prosecutors asked to sentence Rubashkin to twenty-five years in prison--less than federal guidelines calling for life imprisonment. Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa, Pete Deegan said because Rubashkin is not a violent criminal, he did not request a life sentence during the hearing. Rubashkin's attorney, Guy Cook, asked for a five to six year sentence and to serve his sentence in an upstate New York facility that caters to Jewish inmates.[4] Rubashkin was sentenced to 324 months (27 years) in prison.

The case was appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on procedural grounds. The Eighth Circuit affirmed the decision of the District Court.[5]

See also

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Michael Melloy
Northern District of Iowa
Seat #1
Succeeded by:

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