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Misconduct Report: December 2014

Michael Barrett

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Michael Barrett
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #4T
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   5/5/2006 - Present
Preceded by:   Walter Rice
Personal History
Born:   1951
Hometown:   Cincinnati, OH
Undergraduate:   University of Cincinnati, B.A., 1974
Law School:   University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 1977

Michael Ryan Barrett is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. He joined the court in 2006 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.

Early life and education

Barrett received his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati.

Professional career

Barrett started his legal career as a administrative hearing officer for the State of Ohio from 1977 to 1978. In 1978, Barett became The Chief Assistant prosecuting attorney for the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office] from 1978 to 1984. In 1984, Barrett entered into private practice in Cincinnati from 1984 to 2006.[1]

Judicial career

Southern District of Ohio

On the recommendation of Senators George Vonovich and Mike DeWine, Barrett was nominated by George W. Bush on December 16, 2005, to a seat vacated by Walter Rice as Rice went on senior status. Barrett was confirmed by the Senate on May 1, 2006 on a Senate Vote and received commission on May 5, 2006.[1]

==Notable cases==

Is displaying an FOP sticker free speech? (2010)

     United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Jasbir Singh, v. Village of Lockland, 1:2009-cv-00022)

Judge Barrett ruled in favor of a man who wanted to display a Fraternal Order of Police sticker after receiving the sticker from a friend who serves on the Lockland Police. Jasbir Singh, who received the sticker, sued the Village of Lockland over a law prohibiting civilians to have police stickers on their cars. The judge ruled that the law the Village of Lockland passed violated the First Amendment in terms of free expression.[2]

Challenge to judicial selection in TN (2009)

     United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (Jason Andrew Johnson, et al., v. Phil Bredesen, et al., 08-6106)

Judge Barrett wrote the opinion affirming the initial dismissal of a suit challenging the constitutionality of the Tennessee Plan from a magistrate judge. The Tennessee Plan refers to the State's process for judicial selection. Barrett, along with judges Guy Cole and John Rogers, dismissed the appeal.

The lawsuit was brought by attorney John Jay Hooker and Drew Johnson, president of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, and was dismissed on July 28, 2009 by Barrett writing for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.[3]

The suit alleged that voters have, and are being denied, a constitutional right to vote for justices of the Tennessee Supreme Court and other state appellate judges. The Sixth Circuit did not address the merits of the case, but dismissed it on the grounds that Hooker and Johnson lacked standing to bring the case in federal court.[4]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Walter Rice
Southern District of Ohio
Seat #4T
Succeeded by:

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