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Roslyn Silver

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Roslyn Silver
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Arizona
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #7
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   10/11/1994 - 9/3/2013
Chief:   2011 - 2013
Senior:   9/3/2013 - Present
Preceded by:   Earl Carroll
Succeeded by:   John Tuchi
Personal History
Born:   1946
Hometown:   Phoenix, AZ
Undergraduate:   University of California at Santa Barbara, B.A., 1968
Law School:   Arizona State U. College of Law, J.D., 1971

Roslyn O. Silver is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. She joined the court in 1994 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.[1] Silver took senior status on September 3, 2013.

Early life and education

A native Arizonan, Silver graduated from the UC-Santa Barbara with her bachelor's degree in 1968 and later graduated from the Arizona State University College of Law with her J.D. degree in 1971.[1]

Professional career

  • 1989-1994: Chief of the criminal division, District of Arizona
  • 1986-1994: Assistant U.S. attorney, District of Arizona
  • 1984-1986: Assistant state attorney general, Arizona
  • 1980-1984: Assistant U.S. attorney, District of Arizona
  • 1979-1980: Trial attorney, Equal Opportunity Commission
  • 1978-1979: Private practice, Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1976-1978: In house labor counsel, Greyhound Corporation
  • 1974-1976: Advisor and litigator, Education Division, Native American Rights Fund, Navajo Nation
  • 1972-1974: Private practice, Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1971-1972: Law clerk, Hon. Lorna Lockwood, Supreme Court of Arizona[1]

Judicial career

District of Arizona

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Dennis DeConcini, Silver was nominated by President Bill Clinton on September 14, 1994, as Roslyn Moore-Silver to a seat vacated by Earl Carroll.[1] Silver was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 7, 1994 on a majority voice vote and received commission on October 11, 1994.[2] Silver took senior status on September 3, 2013.

Stewart death threat case

Judge Silver received a death threat in 2003. She was threatened when 64-year old prisoner Robert Stewart offered another inmate $100,000 in a secret cache of machine guns to kill Judge Silver.[3] Silver had sentenced Stewart to five years in prison on a federal weapons charges. In a recorded jailhouse conversation, Stewart, who has ties to militia groups, issued the death threat. Stewart requested that the judge's head be cut off and hung from a pole in hopes that it would spark more killings of federal agents and judges nationwide and lead to an uprising by anti-government groups. Later in 2003, Stewart was sentenced to 24 years in prison after he was convicted for soliciting the murder of a federal judge. Stewart is concurrently serving that sentence in addition to the original five year sentence that was issued by Judge Silver.[3]

Notable cases

Arizona campaign finance (2010)

     United States District Court for the District of Arizona (McComish v. Brewer, No. CV-08-1550-PHX-ROS)

On January 20, 2010, Judge Silver ruled that portions of Arizona's matching campaign funds law was unconstitutional. The judge ruled that the law violates the First Amendment of the Constitution on the premise that it restricts campaigns from spending their own money.[4]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Earl Carroll
District of Arizona
Seat #7
Succeeded by:
John Tuchi