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Revision as of 20:11, 23 June 2012

Irma Gonzalez
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of California
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #10
Service:
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   8/12/1992 - Current
Chief:   2005 - 2012
Preceded by:   Lawrence Irving
Past post:   Federal Magistrate Judge
Past term:   1984 - 1991
Personal History
Born:   1948
Hometown:   Palo Alto, CA
Undergraduate:   Stanford U., B.A., 1970
Law School:   U. of Arizona College of Law, J.D., 1973

Irma Elsa Gonzalez is a federal judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. She joined the court in 1992 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. Gonzalez served as the Chief Judge of the Court from 2005 until 2012.

Early life and education

Born in Palo Alto, California, Gonzalez graduated from Stanford University with her Bachelor's Degree in 1970 and later from the University of Arizona College of Law with her Juris Doctor degree in 1973.[1]

Professional career

Gonzalez was a law clerk for federal district judge William Frey for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona from 1973 to 1975. Gonzalez later joined the U.S. Attorney's Office as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Prosecution division for the District of Arizona from 1975 to 1979. In 1979, Gonzalez was a trial attorney for the Antitrust division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Los Angeles, California. From 1979 to 1981, Gonzalez again served in U.S. Attorney's Office in the Criminal Prosecution Division as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California. From 1981 to 1984, Gonzalez was in private practice in California. Gonzalez served as a federal magistrate judge from 1984 to 1991 before being appointed Superior Court Judge in the San Diego County, California Superior Court where she served from 1991 to 1992.[1]

Judicial career

Southern District of California

Gonzalez began her career as a federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. She served from 1984 to 1991.[1]

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Pete Wilson, Gonzalez was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of California by President George H.W. Bush on April 9, 1992, to a seat vacated by Lawrence Irving. Gonzalez was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 11, 1992 on the unanimous consent of the Senate and received commission on August 12, 1992. [2]

Notable cases

Donations Cap for San Diego Politicians

     United States District Court for the Southern District of California (Thalheimer et al v. City of San Diego et al, 3:09-cv-02862-IEG-BGS)

U.S. District Judge Irma Gonzalez ruled that the city of San Diego cannot enforce a cap of more than a thousand dollars on the amount political parties donate to local election campaigns.[3]

"Political parties are unlike other individuals and entities because the candidates do expressly associate with them and vote on issues advocated/supported by them. In light of this, the court cannot say, for example, that a Republican politician is necessarily 'corrupt' - or that there is an appearance of corruption-just because that politician votes to pass issues supported by the Republican Party after he or she takes office. To the contrary, that is the exact purpose of our political party system," said Judge Gonzalez.[3]

Candidates are allowed to spend their own money on campaigning, but they are not to accept public or private donations more than a year before any election. Furthermore, Judge Gonzalez upheld a $500.00 cap on contributions from individuals, as well as provisions that prohibit corporations and labor unions from donating directly to candidates.[3]

The lawsuit on the San Diego campaign finance laws was brought to light in December of 2009 by former Republican city council candidate Phil Thalheimer, the Republican party of San Diego, as well as the The Lincoln Club of San Diego, which is a business political action committee. Certain provisions of the law, the lawsuit claimed, were intended to curb corruption, but instead violated their rights to free speech.[3]

Judge Gonzalez's ruling does not completely obscure San Diego's abject political history, but in citing the yellow cab scandal, in which the city of San Diego raised taxi rates in order to fund campaign contributions, Judge Gonzalez wrote "In this case, the record sufficiently demonstrates corruption in the San Diego municipal government."[3]

External links

References

Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Lawrence Irving
Southern District of California
1992–Current
Seat #10
Succeeded by:
NA


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