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Tom Lee

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This page is about a federal judge for the Southern District of Mississippi. If you are looking for information on the judge for the Wyoming First Circuit Court in Laramie County, Wyoming, please see Tom Lee (Wyoming).
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #1T
Station:   Jackson, MS
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   06/11/1984 - 04/07/2006
Chief:   1996 - 2003
Senior:   04/08/2006 - Present
Preceded by:   Dan Russell, Jr.
Succeeded by:   Daniel Jordan
Past post:   City of Forest, Municipal Judge
Past term:   1982
Personal History
Born:   1941
Hometown:   Jackson, MI
Undergraduate:   Mississippi College, B.A., 1963
Law School:   University of Mississippi Law, J.D., 1965
Military service:   U.S. Army, Reserves 1965 - 1973

Tom Lee is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. He joined the court in 1984 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Lee is a judge serving on senior status.[1]

Early life and education

A native of Mississippi, Lee graduated from Mississippi College with his bachelor's degree in 1963 and from the University of Mississippi Law School with his juris doctor degree in 1965. Lee also served in the US Army Reserve as a JAG (Judge Advocate General) Corps Captain from 1965 to 1973.[1]

Professional career

Lee was a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Mississippi from 1965 to 1984. In addition to his private practice work, Lee was a Prosecuting attorney for Scott County from 1968 to 1971 and became a Part-Time Judge for the Scott County Youth Court from 1979 to 1982 along with being a Municipal judge for the City of Forest in 1982.[1]

Judicial career

Southern District of Mississippi

On the recommendation of Mississippi U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, Lee was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on May 15, 1984 to a seat vacated by Dan Russell, Jr. as Russell assumed senior status. Lee was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 11, 1984 on a senate vote and received commission on June 11, 1984. Lee served as the chief judge of the court from 1996 to 2003 before later assuming senior status on April 8, 2006.[1] Lee was succeeded in this position by Daniel Jordan.

Notable cases

Judge Patton misconduct case (2011)

     United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (JAMES E. JENNINGS, JR. v. HOUSTON PATTON, No. 10-60226)

Judge Lee was the presiding judge in a case where a county court judge in Mississippi is being sued over making false claims to authorities. Judge Houston J. Patton was sued by Mississippi Attorneys Keith Shelton and James Jennings, Jr., because they believed the judge falsely claimed the two attorneys tried to bribe him over a complaint filed against the judge to the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance.[2] Lee dismissed the case and stated that Patton was in violation of the fourth and fourteenth amendments. The Fifth Circuit Court reversed Lee's decision and stated that Patton qualified for immunity.[3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Dan Russell, Jr.
Southern District of Mississippi
Seat #1T
Succeeded by:
Daniel Jordan

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