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Marianne Bowler

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Marianne Bowler
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Title:   Magistrate Judge
Position:   4
Active:   5/7/1990-Present
Preceded by:   Patti Saris
Personal History
Hometown:   Boston, MA
Undergraduate:   Regis College (1967)
Law School:   Suffolk Law School (1976)

Marianne B. Bowler is a federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She has served in this position since May 7, 1990, and she is a former chief magistrate.[1]

Early life and education

Judge Bowler was born in 1947 in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her A.B. degree from Regis College in 1967 and her J.D. degree from Suffolk Law School in 1976. In 1994, Bowler was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Suffolk University.[1][2]

Professional career

Prior to joining the court, Bowler was an Assistant United States Attorney. She previously served as a prosecutor for Middlesex County and the Massachusetts District Courts.[2]

Judicial career

District of Massachusetts

Bowler is a federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She has served in this position since May 7, 1990, and she is a former chief magistrate.[1]

Awards and associations

  • Member, Visiting Committee, Museum School for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
  • Chairperson, Board of Trustees, New England Baptist Hospital[2]

Notable cases

Boston bombing suspects' hearings (2013)

     United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts (United States v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, No. 13-MJ-02016)

On April 22, 2013, Judge Bowler presided over the initial appearance of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev while he was hospitalized. He was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property for a bombing which caused the death of three civilians and injuries to over 200 more.[3] Though early reports indicated Tsarnaev was unable to speak due to injuries sustained during the manhunt that led to his capture, later reports confirmed that he was actually able to reveal details of the attack to investigators. Several Republican lawmakers publicly criticized Judge Bowler's actions during the appearance, as reports also indicate that Tsarnaev stopped talking upon Bowler's entering the room and advising him of his right to remain silent. They allege she prevented the collection of valuable intelligence. Bowler's spokesman declined to comment, though a Boston U.S. Attorney's Office representative said there was nothing unusual about the judge's actions.[4] Click here to read the full transcript of Tsarnaev's bedside hearing.

Dzokhar Tsarnaev was indicted on June 27, 2013, with Judge George O'Toole presiding, thus minimizing Judge Bowler's role.[5]

Judge Bowler presided over the court appearances of Tsarnaev's friend, Robel Phillipos, accused of lying to investigators. On May 6, 2013, she ordered his release on $100,000 bond, on the conditions that he remain in his mother's home and wear an electronic monitoring bracelet. The federal prosecutors previously requested he remain detained until his trial, based on the assertion he was a flight risk, but changed their position after meeting and reaching an agreement with his lawyers.[6][7]

Judge Bowler oversaw Phillipos's probable cause hearing on July 12, 2013.[8] On March 6, 2014, she appointed Derege Demissie as a taxpayer-funded lawyer to represent Phillipos, even though he had already hired Demissie. The appointment was made on a "procedural basis," as Phillipos was too indigent to pay Demissie.[9]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Patti Saris
District of Massachusetts
Succeeded by: