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Melinda Harmon
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #6
Station:   Houston, TX
Service:
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   05/22/1989 - Present
Preceded by:   John Singleton
Past post:   Texas District 280, Judge
Past term:   1988 - 1989
Personal History
Born:   1946
Hometown:   Port Arthur, TX
Undergraduate:   Harvard-Radcliffe College, A.B., 1969
Law School:   University of Texas Law, J.D., 1972

Melinda Harmon is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. She joined the court in 1989 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush.[1]

Early life and education

A native Texan, Harmon graduated from Radcliffe College with her bachelor's degree in 1969 and later graduated from the University of Texas School of Law with her Juris Doctor degree in 1972.[1]

Professional career

Judicial career

Southern District of Texas

On the recommendation of Texas U.S. Senator Phil Gramm, Harmon was nominated by President George H.W. Bush on February 28, 1989, to a seat vacated by John Singleton Harmon was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 18, 1989, on a senate vote and received commission on May 22, 1989.[1]

Notable cases

Inmate plot to murder federal judge (2009)

     United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (United States, v. Joel Lopez, Sr., 4:08-CR-187-2)

Judge Harmon was the presiding judge in the trial of Joel Lopez, Sr., who was convicted of starting a hire plot to attempt to take the life of federal Judge Ricardo Hinojosa. Judge Harmon sentenced Lopez to life in federal prison on October 26, 2009. Lopez was also serving a separate life sentence in federal prison for a unrelated drug conviction.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
John Singleton
Southern District of Texas
1989–Current
Seat #6
Succeeded by:
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