Carlton W. Reeves
|Carlton W. Reeves|
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|United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi|
|Appointed by:||Pres. Barack Obama|
|Preceded by:||William Barbour|
|Past post:||Partner, Pigott Reeves Johnson, P.A.|
|Hometown:||Fort Hood, TX|
|Undergraduate:||Jackson State University, 1986|
|Law School:||University of Virginia, 1989|
Carlton Wayne Reeves is an Article III federal judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. He was nominated to the court by President Barack Obama and received his commission on December 20, 2010.
- 2001-2010: Partner, Pigott Reeves Johnson, P.A.
- 1995-2001: Assistant United States attorney, Southern District of Mississippi
- Chief of the Civil Division
- 1991-1995: Assistant United States attorney, Southern District of Mississippi
- 1991: Staff attorney, Mississippi Supreme Court
- 1989-1990: Law clerk, Mississippi Supreme Court
Southern District of Mississippi
|Candidate:||Carlton W. Reeves|
|Court:||Southern District of Mississippi|
|Progress:||Confirmed 235 days after nomination.|
|Nominated:||April 28, 2010|
|ABA Rating:||Unanimously Qualified|
|Hearing:||July 15, 2010|
|Reported:||August 5, 2010|
|Confirmed:||December 19, 2010|
|Vote: Voice vote|
Judiciary Committee hearing
Reeves' hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee was on July 14, 2010. Reeves' nomination was reported by the committee on August 5, 2010, and he was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 19, 2010.
Awards and associations
- Mary Claiborne and Roy H. Ritter Fellowship in Recognition of Outstanding Honor, Character, and Integrity
Three guilty of hate crime in Mississippi sentenced (2015)
In June 2011, James Craig Alexander, a 47-year-old car plant employee, was beaten and run over by three men he did not know. He subsequently died from his injuries. Convicted for this crime were three white men from Brandon, Mississippi: Deryl Paul Dedmon, John Aaron Rice and Dylan Wade Butler. The men confessed to police that, on that June night, they purposely sought out a black man to attack. Butler, the oldest of the three, was just 23-years-old at the time of sentencing in February 2015.
Judge Carlton Reeves issued sentences for the federal charges against the three (commission of a hate crime), though Dedmon also pled guilty to capital murder and perpetration of a hate crime on the state level, for which he received two life sentences. Judge Reeves also sentenced Rice to 18-and-a-half years in federal prison, and Butler received seven years. Judge Reeves gave Dedmon 50 years. Dedmon expressed his remorse to the Alexander family at the sentencing hearing.
- Federal Judicial Center, "Carlton Wayne Reeves"
- NPR.org, "A Black Mississippi Judge's Breathtaking Speech To 3 White Murderers," February 13, 2015
- Federal Judicial Center, "Carlton Wayne Reeves," accessed February 17, 2015
- White House Press Release, "President Obama Names Three to the United States District Court," April 28, 2010
- White House Press Release, "Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate," April 28, 2010
- U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, "Judicial Nomination Materials: 111th Congress" accessed April 23, 2014
- Clarion Ledger, "Ex-prosecutor confirmed to federal bench," December 20, 2010
- Sen. Cochran Press Release, "Senate confirms Carlton Reeves of Mississippi for Federal District Court judgeship," December 19, 2010
- Senate Judiciary Committee, "Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing," July 15, 2010
|Southern District of Mississippi
|Magistrate judges||Linda Anderson • Michael Parker • Robert Walker (Mississippi) • John Roper • Keith Ball • John C. Gargiulo •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|
|Vacancy Count by Congress|
|Vacancy Count by Year||Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2009 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2010 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2011 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2012|