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Paul Barbadoro

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Paul Barbadoro
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Current Court Information:
District of New Hampshire
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   10/9/1992 - Present
Chief:   1997 - 2004
Preceded by:   Shane Devine
Personal History
Born:   1955
Hometown:   Providence, RI
Undergraduate:   Gettysburg College, B.A., 1977
Law School:   Boston College Law, J.D., 1980
Paul J. Barbadoro (b. 1955) is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire. He joined the court in 1992 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. Previously, Barbadoro was a private practice attorney in New Hampshire.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Barbadoro graduated from Gettysburg College with a bachelor's degree in 1977 and a Juris Doctor degree from Boston College Law School in 1980.[1]

Professional Career

Barbadoro began his legal career as an assistant state attorney General for the State of New Hampshire from 1980 to 1984, before serving as Counsel to U.S. Senator Warren B. Rudman until 1986. Barbadoro entered private practice in Concord, New Hampshire briefly until 1987 before serving as Deputy Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan Opposition. Barbadoro resumed private practice in Concord, New Hampshire from 1987 to 1992.[1]

Judicial career

District of New Hampshire

Barbadoro was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire by President George H.W. Bush on September 9, 1992, to fill the seat vacated by Shane Devine. He was subsequently confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 8, 1992 and received commission on October 9, 1992.[2] From 1997 to 2004, Barbadoro served as the Chief Judge of the Court.[1]

Notable cases

Stolen gun liability case (2012)

     United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire (Jones v. Secord, 11-1576)

On July 6, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld the ruling of Judge Barbadoro, holding that a NH man could not be held liable for the use of his handgun in a violent crime. Gail Jones, the mother of a shooting victim, filed a lawsuit alleging that Lawrence Secord was liable for the use of his handgun by his grandson in an armed robbery that resulted in three fatalities in 2007. Secord's gun was stolen by his grandson, who broke into a locked summer cabin to obtain the firearm. Barbadoro agreed with Secord that he had taken proper precautions to secure his firearm. Judge Bruce Marshall Selya agreed, writing the opinion of the panel consisting of Judges Jeffrey R. Howard and O. Rogeriee Thompson. He stated in the opinion, "The record here, even when construed in the light most flattering to the plaintiff, does not show either a particularized risk of harm or a degree of foreseeability sufficient to animate this exception." Jones told the press she brought the lawsuit on to raise awareness of gun storage and risk, telling the press, "Firearms are very dangerous when they're in the wrong hands."[3][4]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Shane Devine
District of New Hampshire
Seat #1
Succeeded by:

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