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Peter Sheridan

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Peter Sheridan
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #10T
Station:   Trenton, NJ
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Approval vote:   98-0
Active:   06/12/2006 - Present
Preceded by:   Stephen Orlofsky
Personal History
Born:   1950
Hometown:   Cambridge, MA
Undergraduate:   St. Peter's College, B.S., 1972
Law School:   Seton Hall U. Law, J.D., 1977

Peter Sheridan is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. He joined the court in 2006 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.

Early life and education

A native of Massachusetts, Sheridan graduated from St. Peter`s College with his bachelor's degree in 1972 and later graduated from Seton Hall University College of Law with his Juris Doctorate degree in 1977.[1]

Professional career

After law School, Sheridan became a Law clerk for former Superior Court Judge James Petrella in the Superior Court of New Jersey representing Bergen County from 1977 to 1978. In 1978, Sheridan joined the New Jersey and New York Port Authority as an Attorney as a solicitor for the State of New Jersey from 1978 to 1981. In 1981, Sheridan became a private practice attorney licensed in the State of New Jersey and served in that role until 1984 and later again from 1990 to 2006. In 1984, Sheridan became the Vice president and general counsel for the Atlantic City Casino Association representing the interests of the New Jersey gaming industry from 1984 to 1987. In 1987, New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean appointed Sheridan as the Director of authorities unit, and also served as the Executive director of the New Jersey Republican State Committee from 1993 to 1994.[1]

Judicial career

District of New Jersey

Sheridan was nominated by President George W. Bush on February 14, 2006 to a seat vacated by Stephen Orlofsky. Sheridan was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 8, 2006 on a unopposed 98 to 0 vote and received commission on June 12, 2006.[1][2]

Notable cases

NJ cannot ban exit polling at elections (2009)

     United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., et al., v. Nina Mitchell Wells, et al., cv-09-5275-PGS)

Judge Sheridan ruled in a case involving a ban on exit polling for the crucial 2009 Governor's election in New Jersey. The judge granted a preliminary injunction and put on hold a state Supreme Court decision to bar exit polling within 100 feet of polling places. Judge Sheridan ruled in the suit less than two weeks before the state's gubernatorial election. The challenge came after a September 30, 2009 ruling from the New Jersey Supreme Court which banned exit polling within 100 feet of a polling place, and was brought by the National Election Pool challenged the ruling.[3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Stephen Orlofsky
District of New Jersey
Seat #10T
Succeeded by:

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