Raymond Jackson

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Raymond Jackson
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #7
Station:   Norfolk, VA
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   11/22/1993 - Present
Preceded by:   Richard Williams
Personal History
Born:   1949
Hometown:   Sussex, VA
Undergraduate:   Norfolk State U., B.A., 1970
Law School:   University of Virginia Law, J.D., 1973
Military service:   U.S. Army 1973 - 1977, Reserves 1977 - Present

Raymond Jackson is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He joined the Court in 1993 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.

Early life and education

Born in Sussex, Virginia, Jackson graduated from Norfolk State University with his bachelor's degree in 1970 and later received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1973.[1]

Professional career

Jackson served as a Captain, Judge Advocate in the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps from 1973 to 1977 and has served as a Colonel in the United States Army Reserves since 1977. Jackson was an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Department of Justice U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia from 1977 to 1993. Jackson was an Adjunct Lecturer at the College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law from 1981 to 1991 and again 1993.[1]

Judicial career

Eastern District of Virginia

Jackson was nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia by President Bill Clinton on September 24, 1993 to a seat vacated by Richard Williams. Jackson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on a Senate voice vote November 20, 1993 and received commission on November 22, 1993.[2]

Notable cases

Facebook "Like" not protected speech (2012)

     United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Bobby Bland et al., v. B.J. Roberts, individually and in his official capacity as Sheriff of the City of Hampton, Virginia, US 4:11cv45)

In May of 2012, Judge Jackson ruled that the clicking the "Like" button on Facebook is not covered as free speech by the First Amendment. A sheriff's deputy and five other employees were fired for liking the Facebook page of an opponent who was running against their boss. Judge Jackson wrote in his opinion, “It is the Court’s conclusion that merely ‘liking’ a Facebook page is insufficient speech to merit constitutional protection."[3][4]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Richard Williams
Eastern District of Virginia
Seat #7
Succeeded by: