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Reggie Walton

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Reggie Walton
Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Title:   Presiding Judge
Station:   D.C.
Alternative court:   United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
Alternative term:   5/19/2007-5/18/2014
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Approval vote:   97-0-3
Active:   9/24/2001-Present
Preceded by:   Stanley Sporkin
Past post:   Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Past term:   1991-2001
Personal History
Born:   1949
Hometown:   North Charleroi, PA
Undergraduate:   West Virginia State College, 1971
Law School:   American University Law, 1974

Reggie B. Walton is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He joined the court in 2001 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.[1]

Walton also served on the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. His term ran from May 19, 2007 until May 18, 2014.[2]


Walton graduated from West Virginia State College with his bachelor's degree in 1971 and from the American University Washington College of Law with his J.D. in 1974.[1]

Professional career

Appointed by President George H.W. Bush
Nominated by President Ronald Reagan
  • 1976-1981: Assistant U.S. Attorney, then Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Columbia
  • 1974-1976: Staff attorney, Defender Association of Philadelphia[1]

Judicial career

District of Columbia

Walton was nominated by President George H.W. Bush on September 4, 2001, to a seat vacated by Judge Stanley Sporkin as Sporkin assumed senior status. Walter was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 21, 2001, on a unopposed 97-0-3 vote and received commission on September 24, 2001.[1]

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

Walton also concurrently serves on the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. He was appointed on May 19, 2007, and his term ended on May 18, 2014. He assumed the position of presiding judge on that court as of February 22, 2013, when John Bates's term ended.[2]

Notable cases

Roger Clemens perjury trial (2012)

     United States District Court for the District of Columbia (US v. Clemens)

Baseball legend Roger Clemens was found not guilty by a jury in his federal perjury trial last Monday. The jury found him not guilty of all six charges, including all 13 acts of obstruction that were alleged by the government.[3] The trial was referred to as a witch-hunt by Clemens’ defense team.[4]

Indicted in 2010, “The Rocket” was charged with three counts of making false statements, two counts of perjury, and one count of obstruction of Congress The obstruction charge stemmed from Clemens’ 2008 testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which was investigating the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in sports.[4]
Clemens has denied ever using PEDs, despite testimony from his former trainer Brian McNamee. McNamee claims to have regularly injected Clemens in the buttocks with PEDs during his career.[4]

The verdict, issued June 18th, was handed down after approximately 10 hours of jury deliberation. Tried in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the federal trial lasted nine weeks and featured heated testimony from all sides.[5]

See also

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