William Moore

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William Moore
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #2
Station:   Savannah, GA
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   10/11/1994 - Present
Chief:   2004 - 2010
Preceded by:   Anthony Alaimo
Personal History
Born:   1940
Hometown:   Bainbridge, GA
Law School:   University of Georgia Law, 1964

William Theodore Moore, Jr. is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. He joined the court in 1994 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Moore served as the chief judge of the court from 2004 to 2010. Prior to his appointment, Moore was a Pro-tem recorders court judge, Garden City, Georgia.[1]

Early life and education

Moore graduated from Georgia Military with his Associate's degree in 1960 and graduated from Georgia Law with his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1964.[1]

Professional career

  • Private practice, Savannah, Georgia, 1964-1977
  • U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, 1977-1981
  • Private practice, Savannah, Georgia, 1981-1994
  • Pro-tem recorders court judge, Garden City, Georgia, 1984-1994[1]

Judicial career

Southern District of Georgia

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, Moore was nominated by President Bill Clinton on July 13, 1994 to a seat vacated by Anthony Alaimo. Moore was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 7, 1994 on a majority voice vote and received commission on October 11, 1994.[2] Moore has served as the chief judge of the court since 2004.[1]

Notable cases

Troy Davis' innocence claim (2010)

     United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia (In Re: Troy Anthony Davis, 4:09-cv-00130-WTM)

In August 2010, Judge Moore rejected claims of innocence by Troy Davis, convicted of killing a police officer, in an unusual hearing ordered by the Supreme Court of the United States. By that time, Davis had spent 19 years in prison and was scheduled to be executed, though many believed him to be not guilty. Due to new evidence against his conviction as well as several key witnesses recanting their testimony, the Supreme Court ordered a hearing by a federal judge on Davis' innocence claims. It is the first time in 50 years such a hearing has been ordered. Although Judge Moore finally rejected the claims saying, "Ultimately, while Mr. Davis' new evidence casts some additional, minimal doubt on his conviction, it is largely smoke and mirrors. The vast majority of the evidence at trial remains largely intact, and the new evidence is largely not credible or [is] lacking in probative value." Judge Moore did suggest that Davis appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.[3] Ultimately, Davis did appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States. A stay of execution was denied; Davis was put to death in September 2011.[4]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Anthony Alaimo
Southern District of Georgia
Seat #2
Succeeded by: