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Mary Ann Lemmon

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Mary Ann Lemmon
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #13
Station:   New Orleans, LA
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   07/25/1996 - 12/31/2010
Senior:   01/01/2011 - Present
Preceded by:   Peter Beer
Succeeded by:   Jane Triche-Milazzo
Past post:   Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, Judge Pro Tempore
Past term:   1990
Personal History
Born:   1941
Hometown:   New Orleans, LA
Undergraduate:   Loyola U.
Law School:   Loyola Law, J.D., 1964

Mary Ann Lemmon is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. She joined the court in 1996 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.[1] Lemmon assumed senior status on January 1, 2011.

Early life and education

A Louisiana native, Lemmon graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with her Juris Doctor degree in 1964.[1]

Professional career

Lemmon started out as a private practice attorney in the State of Louisiana from 1964 to 1975 before becoming a law clerk for former State Appeals Judge and State Supreme Court Justice Harry Lemmon in the Louisana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals from 1975 to 1980 and in the Louisiana Supreme Court from 1980 to 1981. In 1981, Lemmon became Judge pro tempore in the 23rd District Court of Louisana from 1981-1982 before becoming a district court judge in the Louisana Twenty-ninth District Court from 1982 to 1996. Lemmon also had appealtte experience as a Judge pro tempore in the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals in 1990.[1]

Judicial career

Eastern District of Louisiana

On the recommendation of Louisiana U.S. Senators John Breaux and Bennett Johnston, Vance was nominated by President Bill Clinton on December 19, 1995 to a seat vacated by Peter Beer. Lemmmon was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 10, 1996 on a Senate vote and received commission on July 25, 1996.[1]

Notable cases

Mose Jefferson case

Mose Jefferson, a political operative of former Congressman William Jefferson, originally sought a delay to his sentencing. Jefferson was convicted of bribery and obstruction of justice for attempting to bribe the Orleans Parish School Board President with $50,000.[2] Jefferson reported to prison on March 28, 2010, to begin serving his sentence.[3] Despite reporting to prison, Jefferson faced a second federal trial for stealing money that was earmarked for charitable and educational programs.[3] The trial was delayed after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Jefferson was then transferred to a prison hospital at Butner Federal Medical Center in North Carolina, where he died at the age of 68, before the trial began.[4]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Peter Beer
Eastern District of Louisiana
Seat #13
Succeeded by:
Jane Triche-Milazzo