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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:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #7
Station:   Newark, NJ
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   11/19/2002-2/10/2015
Senior:   2/10/2015
Preceded by:   John Lifland
Personal History
Born:   1947
Hometown:   Passaic, NJ
Undergraduate:   Villanova University, 1968
Law School:   Rutgers University Law, 1972

William Martini is a federal judge on senior status 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. Martini assumed senior status on February 10, 2015.[1]


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

Professional career

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
Seat #7
Succeeded by:

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