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Robert Chatigny
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #5
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   9/28/1994 - Present
Chief:   2003 - 2009
Preceded by:   Warren Eginton
Personal History
Born:   1952
Hometown:   Taunton, MA
Undergraduate:   Brown U., B.A., 1973
Law School:   Georgetown U. Law, J.D., 1978
Robert Neil Chatigny is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. He joined the court in 1994 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. At the time of nomination, he was a private practice attorney in Connecticut.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Taunton, Massachusetts, Chatigny graduated from Brown with his bachelor's degree in 1973 and graduated from Georgetown Law with his J.D. degree in 1978.[1]

Professional career

Judicial career

District of Connecticut

On the recommendation of U.S. Senators Christopher Dodd and Joe Liberman, Chatigny was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut by President Bill Clinton on August 5, 1994 to a seat vacated by Warren Eginton. Chatigny was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 28, 1994 on a majority vote and received his commission on September 28, 1994.[3] Chatigny served as the Chief Judge of the court from 2003 to 2009.[1]

Federal circuit court nomination

Second Circuit

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Robert Chatigny
 Court:Second Circuit
 Progress:Returned 301 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:Feb. 24, 2010
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Well Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:April 28, 2010
ApprovedAHearing Transcript:Hearing Transcript
ApprovedAReported:June 10, 2010 
DefeatedDReturned:December 22, 2010

Chatigny was nominated by President Obama for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.[2][4][5]

Chatigny received a rating of "Unanimously Well Qualified" from the American Bar Association.[6]

In March 2010, the Senate Judiciary Committee postponed a hearing for Chatigny due to receipt of a letter critical of his conduct during the 2005 trial of convicted serial killer and rapist Michael Ross, known also as The Roadside Strangler. During that trial, Chatigny is alleged to have pressured Ross' attorney to appeal his sentence of execution even though Ross had said he did not want to fight it. Chatigny also threatened to go after Ross' attorney's law license. Seven prosecutors from Connecticut filed a complaint against Chatigny with a federal judicial review panel. The panel found that his behavior was unusual but not improper. On March 5, 2010, one of those seven prosecutors wrote to Patrick Leahy and Jeff Sessions of the Senate Judiciary Committee saying, "Judge Chatigny completely abandoned the role of neutral and detached magistrate and instead became an advocate for the position held by the parties who were seeking to stop the execution of Michael Ross." Upon receipt of the letter, Leahy canceled Chatigny's scheduled hearing.[7][8][9] The hearing was rescheduled for April 27, 2010.[10]

After the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to move Chatigny's confirmation to a floor vote on June 10, 2010, his nomination rested in the hands of the full Senate. On August 5, 2010, the Senate returned the nomination of Chatigny to President Obama, refusing to debate and offer a vote before the body adjourned for its month-long recess..[6]

On September 13, 2010, President Obama again submitted Chatigny's nomination to the U.S. Senate.[11] Chatigny's nomination was returned to the President at the end of the 111th Congress..[6]

After his nomination was returned to the president in 2010, Chatigny was not renominated. Though President Obama did not publicly state a reason, sources said that Chatigny asked the president to withdraw his nomination. In a statement, Chatigny said, "It was an honor to be nominated to the Court of Appeals, and I'm deeply grateful to everyone who supported my nomination."[12]

Awards and associations

  • Served on the Judicial Council for the Second Circuit
  • Served on the Federal-State Judicial Council of Connecticut
  • Past member of the Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court
  • Past member of the Connecticut Bar Association
  • Recipient of the Children’s Justice Award from the Center for Children’s Advocacy at the University of Connecticut School of Law[4]

See also

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Warren Eginton
District of Connecticut
Seat #5
Succeeded by:

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