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Richard Kyle

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Richard Kyle
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #6
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   5/13/1992 - 5/31/2005
Senior:   5/31/2005 - Present
Preceded by:   Robert Renner
Succeeded by:   Patrick Schiltz
Personal History
Born:   1937
Hometown:   St. Paul, MN
Undergraduate:   University of Minnesota, B.A., 1959
Law School:   University of Minnesota Law School, LL.B., 1962

Richard House Kyle is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. He joined the court in 1992 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. He is serving on senior status.

Early life and education

A native of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Area, Kyle graduated from the University of Minnesota with his bachelor's degree in 1959 and his juris doctorate degree in 1962.[1]

Professional career

After law school, Kyle started out as a law clerk for former federal district judge Edward Devitt for the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota from 1962 to 1963. From 1963 to 1992, Kyle was a private practice attorney in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Area while from 1968 to 1970 he took a recess from private practice as Kyle was appointed by Minnesota Governor Harold LeVander as the Solicitor General in the Minnesota State Attorney General's Office.[1]

Judicial career

District of Minnesota

On the unanimous recommendation of Senators Rudy Boschowitz and David Durenberger, Kyle was nominated by President George Bush on March 20, 1992 to a seat vacated by Robert Renner. Kyle was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 12, 1992 on unanimous consent of the Senate and received commission on May 13, 1992 before assuming senior status on May 31, 2005.[1] Kyle was succeeded in this position by Patrick Schiltz.

Notable cases

Exec. guilty in multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme (2010)

     United States District Court for the District of Minnesota (United States, v. Thomas Joseph Petters, 0:08-cr-00364-RHK-AJB)

Judge Kyle presided in the trial of Thomas Petters, a former business executive who was in charge of companies like Sun Country Airlines and Polaroid. Judge Kyle sentenced Petters to 50 years in prison on April 8, 2010, for his role in a multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme. The judge decided to sentence Petters to fifty years because of his large role in the Ponzi Scheme, though federal prosecutors had originally asked for a 335 year sentence, a life term.[2] The case docket may be found here.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Robert Renner
District of Minnesota
Seat #6
Succeeded by:
Patrick Schiltz

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