Carlton W. Reeves

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Carlton W. Reeves
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Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #2
Station:   Jackson, MS
Appointed by:   Pres. Barack Obama
Active:   12/20/2010-Present
Preceded by:   William Barbour
Past post:   Partner, Pigott Reeves Johnson, P.A.
Past term:   2001-2010
Personal History
Born:   1964
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.[1]


Reeves received his B.A. from Jackson State University in 1986 and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1989.[2]

Professional career

  • Chief of the Civil Division

Judicial career

Southern District of Mississippi

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Carlton W. Reeves
 Court:Southern District of Mississippi
 Progress:Confirmed 235 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:April 28, 2010
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:July 15, 2010
ApprovedAReported:August 5, 2010 
ApprovedAConfirmed:December 19, 2010
 Vote: Voice vote

President Barack Obama nominated Reeves to a seat on the Southern District of Mississippi on April 28, 2010, to fill the seat vacated by Judge William Barbour.[3][2]

Judiciary Committee hearing

Committee Questionnaire available here
Questions for the Record available here

Reeves' hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee was on July 14, 2010.[4] Reeves' nomination was reported by the committee on August 5, 2010, and he was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 19, 2010.[5][6][7]

Awards and associations

  • Mary Claiborne and Roy H. Ritter Fellowship in Recognition of Outstanding Honor, Character, and Integrity[2]

Notable cases

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.


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Political offices
Preceded by:
William Barbour
Southern District of Mississippi
Seat #2
Succeeded by:

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