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Jon O. Newman

Jon Newman
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
In office
June 30, 1993 – July 1, 1997
Preceded by Thomas Meskill
Succeeded by Ralph Winter
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
In office
June 21, 1979 – July 1, 1997
Appointed by Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Seat established
Succeeded by Robert Katzmann
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
In office
December 15, 1971 – June 21, 1979
Appointed by Richard Nixon
Preceded by William Timbers
Succeeded by José Cabranes
Personal details
Born 1932 (age 82–83)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Princeton University
Yale University

Jon O. Newman (born in New York City in 1932) is an United States federal judge. He has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit since 1979.

Education and legal training

Newman earned his A.B. from U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and then clerked for U.S. Chief Justice Earl Warren from 1957 to 1958.

He was in private practice from 1958 to 1960 in Hartford, Connecticut and served as a graduate instructor at Trinity College.[1] He also served as a special counsel to the governor of Connecticut in 1960. He was an executive assistant to the United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare from 1961 to 1962 and then joined the staff of U.S. Senator Abraham Ribicoff as Administrative Assistant from 1963 to 1964. He was the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut from 1964 to 1969 when Richard Nixon took office. He entered private practice in Hartford again until 1971 when he was nominated to a federal district judgeship.

Federal judicial service

Newman was nominated by Richard M. Nixon on December 2, 1971, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut vacated by William H. Timbers. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 11, 1971, and received his commission on December 15, 1971. Newman's best-known opinion as a District Judge was an opinion in Abele v. Markle, decided by a three-judge court in 1972, which struck down Connecticut's abortion statute and was seen as a precursor to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade the following year.

Newman's service on the District Court was terminated on June 25, 1979, when Newman was nominated by Jimmy Carter on April 30, 1979, to a newly created seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; Newman was confirmed by the Senate on June 19, 1979, and received his commission on June 21, 1979. He served as Chief Judge from 1993 to 1997 and assumed senior status on July 1, 1997.

Noteworthy decisions

  • Abele v. Markle, 351 F. Supp. 224 (D. Conn. 1972).
  • Bennett v. Mukasey - A lawyer cannot take a client's money and then fail to proceed with his case because the client is not paying the bill. The Court sent immigration lawyer to the Grievance Panel for possible violation of ethical rules after the lawyer did not process the appeal of his client because of lack of payment.
  • Salinger v. Random House 811 F.2d 90 (2d Cir.1987) - With unpublished works, the right of the author to control publication take precedence over the right of "fair use"
  • Rivera v. LaPorte, 896 F.2d 691 (2d Cir. 1990)
  • Kadic v. Karadzic, 70 F.3d 232 (2d Cir. 1996) – There was subject matter jurisdiction under the Alien Tort Claim Act, 28 U.S.C.S. § 1350, because aliens brought an action for a tort committed in violation of international law
  • Leibovitz v. Paramount Pictures Corp., 137 F.3d 109 (2nd Cir. 1998)

References

  1. ^ "US Attorney Bulletin". DOJ. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 

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Preceded by
William Timbers
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
1971–1979
Succeeded by
José Cabranes
New seat Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
1979–1997
Succeeded by
Robert Katzmann
Preceded by
Thomas Meskill
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
1993–1997
Succeeded by
Ralph Winter
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