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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the District of Arizona|
|Appointed by:||George W. Bush|
|Active:||3/15/2004 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Paul Rosenblatt|
|Home State:||Phoenix, AZ|
|Undergraduate:||Arizona State U., B.A., 1971|
|Law School:||Harvard Law School, J.D., 1974|
Neil Vincent Wake is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. He joined the court in 2004 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.
Early life and education
District of Arizona
On the recommendation of Arizona U.S. Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl, Wake was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Arizona by President George W. Bush on October 22, 2003 to a seat vacated by Paul Rosenblatt. Wake was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 12, 2004 and received commission on March 15, 2004.
Lethal injection delay case
| United States District Court for the District of Arizona|
*Robert Towery, et al v. Janice Brewer, et al No. CV-12-245-PHX-ROS
|District of Arizona Judge Neil Wake denied a preliminary injunction that would have ceased, or at least delayed two executions due to changes for the lethal injection protocol by the Arizona Department of Corrections.
Judge Wake has regularly ruled in favor of the Arizona Department of Corrections against the allegations put forth by the Federal Public Defender's Office, which asked for the delay in the executions of two men, Robert Moormann and Robert Towery. Moormann, 63, was executed on February 29th, 2012, whereas Towery, 46, was executed on March 8th, 2012.
The new protocol, argued the federal defender, gave too much power to the Corrections Director Charles Ryan, as well as lessened the required qualifications of executioners, and eliminated the chance of a condemned prisoner to meet with his or her attorneys in person on the day they are scheduled to be executed.
This request was denied by Judge Wake, who also ruled in December of 2011 that the Corrections Department never violated a prisoner's right in following their own department protocol.Moorman has been on the death row for 27 years for brutally killing and dismembering his adoptive mother Roberta when she was 74 years old, in addition to serving a life sentence for the kidnapping of an eight-year old girl in 1972. Towery is being executed for killing a man while he robbed his home in 1991.
- United States District Court for the District of Arizona
- News: Federal Judge Denies Preliminary Injunction, February 24, 2012
|Federal judicial offices|
|District of Arizona
|Magistrate judges||Lawrence Anderson • David Duncan • Michelle Burns • Mark Aspey • Hector Estrada • D. Thomas Ferraro • Steven Logan • Jacqueline Marshall • Charles Pyle • Bernardo Velasco • James F. Metcalf • John Buttrick •|
|Former Article III judges||
William Henry Sawtelle • Richard Elihu Sloan • Fred Clinton Jacobs • John Roll • Mary Murguia • Albert Morris Sames • David Ling • Richard Bilby • William Browning • William Copple • Valdemar Cordova • Walter Craig • Arthur Davis • William Frey • Charles Muecke • Mary Richey • Howard Speakman • Charles Hardy • James A. Walsh •
|Former Chief judges|