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Misconduct Report: November 2014

Maurice Hicks

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Maurice Hicks
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #6
Station:   Shreveport, LA
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   05/21/2003 - Present
Preceded by:   Donald Walter
Personal History
Born:   1952
Hometown:   New Orleans, LA
Undergraduate:   Texas Christian U., B.A., 1974
Law School:   Louisiana State U., J.D., 1977
Samuel Maurice Hicks, Jr. is currently serving as a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana in Shreveport, Louisiana (Caddo Parish). He joined the court in 2003 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.[1]

Early Life annd Education

A native of Louisiana, Hicks graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX with his bachelor's degree in 1974 and later graduated from Louisiana State University with his Juris Doctor degree in 1977.[1]

Professional career

Hicks began his law career as a law clerk and staff attorney for the Louisiana Legislative Council representing the Louisiana State Legislature from 1975 to 1977 before becoming a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Louisiana from 1977 to 2003.[1]

Judicial career

Western District of Louisiana

He was nominated to the position by George Bush on January 7, 2003 and confirmed by the Senate on May 19, 2003.[2]

Notable cases

Operation Wrinkled Robe (2008)

     United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana (USA v. Walker et al, 5:07-cr-50097-SMH-MLH)

On June 3, 2008, Hicks ordered Caddo Parish Judges Vernon Claville and Michael Walker had to stay in jail pending a September 4 sentencing hearing on their conviction of racketeering.[3]

Claville was sentenced to five years in prison for taking bribes in return for favors, in addition to $165,474 in fines. Walker was sentenced to ten years in prison for taking bribes for bond reductions. During Walker's sentencing, Judge Hicks said, "You chose cash over the Constitution."[4][5]

The investigation of Operation Wrinkled Robe led to the authorization of impeachment proceedings against Thomas Porteous of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Donald Walter
Western District of Louisiana
2003–Current
Seat #6
Succeeded by:
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