William Martini

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William Martini
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #7
Station:   Newark, NJ
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   11/19/2002 - Present
Preceded by:   John Lifland
Personal History
Born:   1947
Hometown:   Passaic, NJ
Undergraduate:   Villanova U., B.A., 1968
Law School:   Rutgers U. Law , J.D., 1972



William Martini is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. He joined the court in 2002 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.

Early life and education

Born in Passaic, New Jersey, Martini graduated from Villanova University with his bachelor's degree in 1968 and later graduated from the Rutgers University Law School with his Juris Doctor degree in 1972.[1]

Professional career

Martini was a Law clerk to Judge Joseph Hanrahan in the Superior Court of New Jersey, from 1972 to 1973. In 1973, Martini was Assistant Prosecutor for the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office. Martini also served in the U.S. Attorney's Office as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey from 1974 to 1977. From 1977 to 1994, Martini was a private practice attorney in New Jersey.[1]

In addition to private practice, Martini was City Councilman for the City of Clifton, New Jersey from 1990 to 1994. Martini served a term as U.S. Representative of the 8th Congressional District of New Jersey from 1995 to 1997.[1]

In 1999, Governors Christie Todd Whitman and George Petaki appointed Martini the Commissioner of the New York/New Jersey Port Authority which position he held until his appointment to the Federal Bench in 2002.[1]

Judicial career

District of New Jersey

Martini was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey by President George W. Bush on January 23, 2002 to a seat vacated by John Lifland. Martini was confirmed by the Senate on November 14, 2002 on a majority vote and received commission on November 19, 2002.[2]

Notable cases

"Baddest Lawyer in NJ" convicted: Paul Bergrin trial (2009)

  United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
     *United States of America, v. Paul W. Bergrin 09-cr-369
Martini was the presiding judge in the case of Attorney Paul Bergrin. Bergrin was charged with racketeering, witness tampering, and murder. On November 12, 2009, the judge ordered that the once prominent attorney be moved out of solitary confinement and into the general population of the jail at the request of Bergrin's attorneys.[3] Martini was dismissed from the trial on June 15, 2012 by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which concluded Martini had not been acting in an impartial manner.[4]


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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
John Lifland
District of New Jersey
2002–Current
Seat #7
Succeeded by:
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