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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan|
|Appointed by:||Bill Clinton|
|Active:||6/2/2000 - 6/9/2012|
|Senior:||6/9/2012 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Anna Taylor|
|Succeeded by:||Matthew Frederick Leitman|
|Undergraduate:||University of Detroit, B.A., 1966|
|Law School:||Detroit College of Law, J.D., 1972|
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Judicial career
- 4 Notable cases
- 5 See also
- 6 External links
- 7 References
Marianne O. Battani is an Article III federal judge serving on senior status for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. She joined the court in 2000 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. She assumed senior status on June 9, 2012.
Early life and education
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Battani graduated from University of Detroit with her bachelor's degree in 1966 and obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Michigan State University's Detroit College of Law in 1972.
Battani was a private practice attorney until 1981. Battani served as Judge in the City of Detroit, Michigan in 1981, in the 36th District Court for the City of Detroit until 1982. Battani was elected by the People of Michigan as Circuit Court Judge for the Wayne County Circuit Court, where she served from 1982 to 2000.
Eastern District of Michigan
On the recommendation of Michigan U.S. Senator Carl Levin, Battani was nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by President Bill Clinton on August 5, 1999 to a seat vacated by Anna Diggs Taylor. Battani was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 24, 2000 and received commission on June 2, 2000. She assumed senior status on June 9, 2012.
Woman told to remove hijab in court (2010)United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Council on American-Islamic Relations, Michigan, et al., v. Judge William Callahan, in his official capacity, 2:09-cv-13372-MOB-VMM)
A lawsuit filed by a Muslim woman who objected to Wayne County Circuit Court Judge J. William Callahan's order to remove a religious head scarf was dismissed on April 29, 2010. Judge Battani wrote in her ruling: "there simply is no evidence that Callahan would have required the removal of a head covering if he had known of its religious significance." Battani looked at the tape of a name change hearing that the plaintiff, Raneen Albaghdady was told by the judge to remove the head scarf. The judge found that her demeanor in the videotape did not match her assessment of the situation in her complaint.
Deceptive, notorious Detroit drug trafficker convicted (2009)United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (United States, v. Adarus Mazio Black, 07-20535)
Judge Battini on December 14, 2009, sentenced Adarus Black to life in prison for his role in a high level marijuana deal. Black was best known for being sophisticated in how he conducted drug deals; he traveled to Mexico nine times to change his fingerprints and get plastic surgery in the effort to avoid arrest and used buses to ship drugs to Illinois and the southwest. The judge sentenced Black to life in prison for playing a large role in the drug deals.
'Spam King' convicted (2009)United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (United States, v. Alan M. Ralsky, et al., 2:07-cr-20627)
Judge Battani was the presiding judge in the trial of a Michigan man who had a role in inflating the prices of penny stocks. Judge Battani sentenced Alan Ralsky to four years in a federal prison for using spam e-mails to inflate penny stock prices. Attorneys for Ralsky felt the judge gave their client a harsh sentence despite an agreement by both prosecuting and defense attorneys.
- Judge Marianne Battani's Biography from the Federal Judicial Center.
- Detroit News, "Dearborn Heights woman told to remove hijab loses court case," April 29, 2010
- Detroit Free-Press, "Detroit drug dealer gets life in prison," December 15, 2009
- Detroit News, "Michigan's 'Spam King' sent to prison for stock fraud," November 24, 2009
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