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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #5
Station:   Atlanta, GA
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   2/4/1998 - Present
Preceded by:   William O'Kelley
Past post:   Superior Court of Georgia
Past term:   1986-1997
Personal History
Born:   1953
Hometown:   Augusta, GA
Undergraduate:   LaGrange College, B.A., 1975
Law School:   University of Georgia Law, J.D., 1978
Richard W. Story is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. He joined the court in 1998 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Prior to his appointment, Story was a judge on the Superior Court of Georgia.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Augusta, GA in 1953, Story graduated from LaGrange with his bachelor's degree in 1975 and later graduated from Georgia Law with his J.D. degree in 1978.[1]

Professional career

Judicial career

Northern District of Georgia

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Max Cleland, Story was nominated by President Bill Clinton on September 15, 1997 to a seat vacated by William O'Kelley. Story was confirmed by the Senate on January 28, 1998 on a majority voice vote and received commission on February 4, 1998.[2]

Notable cases

Injunction granted as to Georgia's phone subsidy fee (2013)

     United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (CTIA - The Wireless Association, et al v. Echols, et al, 1:13-cv-00399-RWS)

On December 17, 2013, Judge Story granted a preliminary injunction in CTIA - The Wireless Association's favor, enjoining the Georgia Public Service Commission from imposing a $5 per month fee or 500 minute limit on subsidized telephone services provided to low-income residents through the federal Lifeline program. In the underlying case, the state of Georgia attempted to institute the rate regulation to curb fraudulent use of the subsidized phone lines. CTIA filed suit and requested an injunction, arguing that the state's new rule was prohibited under the Federal Communications Act of 1934. Story found that CTIA would be likely to succeed in its suit, and granted an injunction pending its ultimate resolution, noting that "while the status quo may permit some level of fraud to continue, the public interest tilts in favor of providing telephone services to low-income households that otherwise would be unable to afford mobile phones."[3]

Crown Royal case (2010)

     United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (USA v. Hughes, 2:09-cr-00002-RWS)

Judge Story was the presiding judge of a person who committed a string of thirty robberies known as the "Crown Royal Bandit" by using Crown Royal Whiskey bags to hide the money he covered in bank robberies.[4] The judge handed down a 127 year federal prison sentence equal to life imprisonment after being convicted of committing nearly thirty bank robberies from 1997 to 2008. The person who committed the robberies was arrested in 2008 after a tip in a jail found the robber living with a person who was arrested for methamphetamine trafficking.[4]

Courthouse mold case (2009)

     United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
Judge Story dismissed a case filed against the General Services Administration by the children of the late Robert Klein, a former federal magistrate judge. The family sued the Government Services Administration over mold in the federal courthouse in Miami where the judge worked, claiming that GSA contractors did a poor job of re-modeling the courthouse. The case was dismissed after it was found that there was no jurisdiction of the case.[5]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
William O'Kelley
Northern District of Georgia
Seat #5
Succeeded by: