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William Yohn

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William Yohn
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #11
Service:
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   09/16/1991 - 11/19/2003
Senior:   11/20/2003 - Present
Preceded by:   John Fullam
Succeeded by:   Gene Pratter
Past post:   Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, Judge
Past term:   1981 - 1991
Personal History
Born:   1935
Hometown:   Pottstown, PA
Undergraduate:   Princeton, B.A., 1957
Law School:   Yale Law, J.D., 1960
Military service:   U.S. Marine Corps 1960 - 1961, Reserves 1961 - 1965

William Hendricks Yohn, Jr. is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He joined the court in 1991 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush.

Early life and education

Born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Yohn graduated from Princeton University with his bachelor's degree in 1957 and from Yale Law School with his Juris Doctor degree in 1960. Yohn completed coursework at the National Judicial Collegein Reno, Nevada.[1]

From 1960 to 1966, Yohn served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1960 to 1965, serving on active duty in 1966.[1]

Professional career

Yohn was a private practice attorney in the State of Pennsylvania from 1961 to 1981. From 1962 to 1965, Yohn was an Assistant District Attorney of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania from 1962 to 1965. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives elected Yohn to serve as Congressional Representative from 1968 to 1980. Yohn was a Common Pleas Judge in the Court of Common Pleas for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania from 1981 to 1991.[1]

Judicial career

Eastern District of Pennsylvania

On the recommendation of Pennsylvania U.S. Senators John Heinz III and Arlen Specter, Yohn was nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by President George H.W. Bush on June 14, 1991 to a seat vacated by John Fullam. On September 12, 1991, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Yohn, and Yohn received commission on September 16, 1991.[2]

Notable cases

Judge Yohn was supposed to be the judge presiding in the corruption trial of former Pennsylvania Senator Vincent Fuomo. When jury selection in the trial began in September of 2008, Yohn became seriously ill, which delayed the highly publicized trial. The case was re-assigned to senior federal judge Ronald Buckwalter.[3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
John Fullam
Eastern District of Pennsylvania
1991–2003
Seat #11
Succeeded by:
Gene Pratter


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