Paul Cassell

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Paul Cassell
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Utah
Title:   Former Judge
Position:   Seat #2
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   5/15/2002 - 11/5/2007
Preceded by:   David Sam
Succeeded by:   Clark Waddoups
Personal History
Born:   1959
Undergraduate:   Stanford Univeristy (1979)
Law School:   Stanford Law School (1984)



[edit] Paul G. Cassell (b.1959) was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of Utah[1].

Cassell was nominated by President George W. Bush on September 4, 2001, to a seat vacated by David Sam; he was confirmed by the Senate on May 13, 2002, and received commission on May 15, 2002. He served until his resignation on November 5, 2007[1]. He is now on the faculty at University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and victims' rights. Cassell was succeeded in this position by Clark Waddoups.

Early life and education

  • Stanford University, B.A., 1979
  • Stanford Law School, J.D., 1984[1]

Professional career

  • Law clerk, Hon. Antonin Scalia, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, 1984-1985
  • Law clerk, Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, Supreme Court of the United States, 1985-1986
  • Associate deputy attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, 1986-1988
  • Assistant U.S. attorney, Eastern District of Virginia, 1988-1991
  • Professor of law, University of Utah College of Law, 1992-2002, 2007-[1]

Judicial career

District of Utah

Cassell was nominated by President George W. Bush on September 4, 2001, to a seat vacated by David Sam; he was confirmed by the Senate on May 13, 2002, and received commission on May 15, 2002. He served until his resignation on November 5, 2007[1]. He is now on the faculty at University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and victims' rights. Cassell was succeeded in this position by Clark Waddoups.

Career after judgeship

Victims rights advocate

Judge Cassell who works on the issue of victims rights for the National Crime Victims Law Institute as an Attorney has been critical on federal prosecutors not demanding or the lack of restitution payments from criminals convicted of possessing and downloading child pornography[2]..

The former judge in 2010 who issued a restitution claim in support of a victim of a child pornography case in the District of Minnesota has said that the issue of restitution from those convicted of child pornography cases has been a larger issue that has not been addressed[2].

The judge cited how a court finds someone responsible for their actions as a reason why some victims are not receiving restitution. Cassell said: "the question is, how much does any particular offender contribute to that harm? Is it fair to hold one offender accountable for all those images?" This has been noted in some high profile rulings in the last few years in which some victims may receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in some cases while in others some victims may only receive a few hundred dollars in damages[2].

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
David Sam
District of Utah
2002–2007
Seat #2
Succeeded by:
Clark Waddoups