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Misconduct Report: December 2014

Mary Cooper

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Mary Cooper
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Title:   Senior judge
Position:   Seat #15
Station:   Tenton, NJ
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   03/02/1992 - 8/31/2011
Senior:   8/31/2011 - Present
Preceded by:   104 Stat. 5089
Personal History
Born:   1946
Hometown:   Fond du Lac, WI
Undergraduate:   Bryn Mawr College, A.B., 1968
Law School:   Villanova U. Law, J.D., 1972

Mary Cooper is a federal judge serving on senior status for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. She joined the court in 1992 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. She assumed senior status on August 31, 2011. She served until 1998 under the name Mary Little Parell.

Early life and education

Born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Cooper graduated from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania with her bachelor's degree in 1968 and later from Villanova University School of Law in Philadephia, Pennsylvania with her Juris Doctor degree in 1972.[1]

Professional career

Cooper was a private practice attorney in New Jersey from 1972 to 1984. In 1984, Cooper became a Commissioner in the New Jersey Department of Banking located in the State Capitol of Trenton, New Jersey from 1984 to 1990. In 1990, Cooper became Vice-president and General Counsel of The Prudential Property and Casualty Insurance in Holmdel, New Jersey from 1990 to 1992.[1]

Judicial career

District of New Jersey

Cooper was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1991 to a new seat created by 104 Stat. 5089 which was approved by Congress. Cooper was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 27, 1992 on a Senate vote and received commission on March 2, 1992.[2] She assumed senior status on August 31, 2011.

Notable cases

"Troopergate": New Jersey State Troopers sex assault suit (2009)

     United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (State Trooper Fraternal Association, et al. v. State of New Jersey, et al., cv-08-3820-MLC)

Judge Cooper was the presiding judge in a lawsuit involving seven members of the New Jersey State Police. A female college student sued the seven troopers alleging they had forced, non-consensual sexual activity with her at a night club. The troopers argued that the state did not have a right to question them about what they referred to as private, consensual sexual conduct among adults. The judge ruled on December 18, 2009 that the state has a right to inquire about the acts even if a crime was not committed and the sexual activity was consented to, as "sexual conduct with an impaired person, serially and at the same time, reflects poorly on [the troopers] suitability to be members of the state police."[3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
NA-New Seat
District of New Jersey
Seat #15
Succeeded by:
Michael Shipp

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