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Richard G. Kopf

Richard G. Kopf
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska
Assumed office
December 1, 2011
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska
In office
1999–2004
Preceded by William G. Cambridge
Succeeded by Joseph F. Bataillon
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska
In office
May 26, 1992 – December 1, 2011
Appointed by George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Warren K. Urbom
Succeeded by John M. Gerrard
Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska
In office
1987–1992
Personal details
Born 1946 (age 69–70)
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
Alma mater Kearney State College (B.A.)
University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Law (J.D.)

Richard George Kopf (born 1946 in

  • Richard Kopf's Blog: Kopf, Richard George (July 28, 2013). "Hercules and the umpire: The Role of the Federal Trial Judge". Nebraska. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 

External links

  1. ^ a b c d e "Biographical Directory of Federal Judges: Kopf, Richard George". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Resolution: Senior Status of the Honorable Richard G. Kopf, United States District Judge, District of Nebraska" (PDF). U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska. Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame". Phi Kappa Tau. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Nebraska judge finds partial-birth abortion ban unconstitutional". Elizabethton Star. September 9, 2004. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ Carhart v. Ashcroft, 331 F. Supp. 2d 805, 809-810 (D. Neb. 2004)
  6. ^ a b "'"Judge tosses lawsuit over word 'rape. USA Today. September 26, 2007. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ Bowen v. Cheuvront, 516 F. Supp. 2d 1021 (D. Neb. 2007)
  8. ^ "The Historical Society of the United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit". U.S. Courts Library: Eighth Circuit. Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  9. ^ Kopf, Richard. "Financial Disclosure Report for Calendar Year 2009" (PDF). Judicial Watch. p. 5. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Warren K. Urbom Mentor Award". The Robert Van Pelt American Inn of Court. American Inns of Court. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  11. ^ Kopft, Richard. "Hercules and the Umpire". Hercules and the Umpire. Retrieved 13 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "Federal Judge Ends Controversial Blog; Will Remain on Bench" NetNebraska, July 10, 2015

References

From 2013 to 2015, Kopf maintained a personal blog entitled Hercules and the Umpire: The Role of the Federal Trial Judge.[11] He ended the blog due to the fact that members of his courthouse staff felt the blog was an embarrassment to the court.[12]

Personal blog

Kopf has served as president and board chair of the historical society for the Eighth Circuit.[8] He served as administrator of the Warren K. Urbom Mentor Award the same year.[10]

Awards and honors

In 2007 Kopf dismissed without prejudice a case over the use of the words "rape" and "sexual assault" in a rape trial in Lancaster County, Nebraska.[6][7] Tory Bowen had filed a lawsuit against Judge Jeffre Cheuvront for violating her right to free speech in a rape trial; Kopf dismissed the suit because Bowen had not shown enough evidence to demonstrate her lawsuit was not frivolous. Cheuvront had barred the words "rape" and "sexual assault" from the trial, but allowed words such as "sexual intercourse" and "intercourse" to be used instead.[6]

Kopf has received considerable press coverage for abortion-related decisions, particularly for his 474-page opinion striking down a ban on late-term abortions in Carhart, et al., v. Ashcroft.[4] His decision included the apology "I apologize for the length of this opinion. I am well aware that appellate judges have plenty to do and that long-winded opinions from district judges are seldom helpful.... Nonetheless, I pity the poor appellate judge who has to slog through this thing. I am truly sorry."[5]

Controversial opinions

Kopf received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Kearney State College (now the University of Nebraska at Kearney) in 1969,[1] where he was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.[3] He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Law in 1972.[1] He was a law clerk for Judge Donald Ross in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit for two years following law school and then entered private practice in Lexington, Nebraska.[1] In 1984, he served as counsel for the State of Nebraska in the impeachment of the Nebraska Attorney General.[1]

Education and early career

Contents

  • Education and early career 1
  • Controversial opinions 2
  • Awards and honors 3
  • Personal blog 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

[2] on December 1, 2011.senior status He assumed [1]

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