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United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (S.D.Fl.) is the federal United States district court covering the southern part of the state of Florida. The court's jurisdiction comprises the counties of Broward, Highlands, Indian River, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie. The district includes the South Florida metropolitan area of Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and West Palm Beach. It comprises 15,197 square miles and approximately 6.3 million people. Court offices are in Miami, Florida.

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current United States Attorney for the district is R. Alexander Acosta.

Famous cases that have been heard in the district include Bush v. Gore, United States v. Noriega (the prosecution of the former Manuel Noriega), González v. Reno (the Elián González case), and United States v. José Padilla (the prosecution of José Padilla).

Judges

Sixty-one judges have served on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, according to the Federal Judicial Center. The Court has 18 authorized judgeships, filled by judges appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Currently, no seats are vacant. Five judges who have taken senior status are eligible to continue hearing cases. One senior district judge is retired. As of July 1, 2007, the chief judge of the district is Judge Federico A. Moreno, succeeding Judge William J. Zloch.

The District Judges (active and senior) sitting as of 2008 are:

Name Appointed Appointed by
Chief Judge Federico A. Moreno 1990   George H.W. Bush
Senior District Judge James Lawrence King 1970   Richard Nixon
Senior District Judge William Hoeveler 1977   Jimmy Carter
Senior District Judge Jose Alejandro Gonzalez, Jr. 1978   Jimmy Carter
Senior District Judge James Carriger Paine (retired) 1979   Jimmy Carter
District Judge William J. Zloch 1985   Ronald Reagan
Senior District Judge Kenneth L. Ryskamp 1986   Ronald Reagan
District Judge Donald L. Graham 1991   George H.W. Bush
Senior District Judge Shelby Highsmith 1991   George H.W. Bush
District Judge Kevin Michael Moore 1992   George H.W. Bush
District Judge Ursula Mancusi Ungaro 1992   George H.W. Bush
District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley 1994   Bill Clinton
District Judge Joan A. Lenard 1995   Bill Clinton
District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks 1997   Bill Clinton
District Judge Alan Stephen Gold 1997   Bill Clinton
District Judge William Dimitrouleas 1998   Bill Clinton
District Judge Patricia A. Seitz 1998   Bill Clinton
District Judge Adalberto Jordan 1999   Bill Clinton
District Judge Paul C. Huck 2000   Bill Clinton
District Judge Jose Martinez 2002   George W. Bush
District Judge Kenneth Marra 2002   George W. Bush
District Judge James I. Cohn 2003   George W. Bush
District Judge Cecilia Altonaga 2003   George W. Bush
District Judge Marcia G. Cooke 2004   George W. Bush

Judges who have served this court include:

This federal district has the dubious distinction of having had more judges removed through impeachment than any other federal district, with a total of two, one-third of all federal district judges so removed.1

References

1 List of federal officials impeached

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