George Singal

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George Singal
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Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Maine
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #3
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   7/11/2000 - 7/31/2013
Chief:   2003 - 2009
Senior:   7/31/2013 - Present
Preceded by:   Morton Brody
Succeeded by:   Jon Levy
Personal History
Born:   1945
Hometown:   Florence, Italy
Undergraduate:   University of Maine, B.A., 1967
Law School:   Harvard Law School, J.D., 1970
George Z. Singal (b. 1945 in Florence, Italy) is a federal judge serving on senior status in the United States District Court for the District of Maine. He joined the court in 2000 after an appointment from Bill Clinton. At the time of his appointment, Singal was a private practice attorney in Maine. He served as chief judge of the court from 2003-2009.[1] Singal assumed senior status on July 31, 2013.[2]

Early life and education

  • University of Maine, B.A., 1967
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1970[1]

Professional career

  • Private practice, Maine, 1970-2000
  • Assistant county attorney, Office of the County Attorney, Maine, 1971-1973
  • Complaint justice, Bangor, Maine, 1974[1]

Judicial career

District of Maine

Singal was nominated to the court by President Bill Clinton on May 11, 2000 to fill the vacancy left by Morton Brody. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 30, 2000, and received commission on July 11, 2000. Singal served as chief judge of the court from 2003 to 2009.[1] On July 31, 2013, Judge George Singal assumed senior status for the United States District Court for the District of Maine, where he had served for over 13 years.[3]

Notable cases

Ed Brown weapons trial (2009-2012)

     United States District Court for the District of Maine (United States of America V. Edward Brown and Elaine Brown, Nos. 09-2402, 10-1081)

Tax evader Ed Brown took the stand in early July 2009 in his federal weapons trial. He was accused of booby-trapping his New Hampshire property and threatening to kill federal agents. Judge Singal heard the case, and struggled to keep Brown from making repeated outbursts in the courtroom. Singal has threatened to direct the jury to disregard Brown's testimony and to remove Brown from the courtroom. Two outbursts from Brown, prompted the judge to send the jury from the courtroom, he informed Brown that it was his final chance.
If you allow me to give my full testimony as you said earlier about telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, I will do everything you say.


—Ed Brown, [5]

On January 11, 2010, Ed Brown was sentenced to 37 years in prison on eleven counts, ranging from possession of firearms after being convicted of a felony to failure to appear in court.[6] They appealed to the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States and their case was denied on both cases.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by:
Morton Brody
District of Maine
Seat #3
Succeeded by:
Jon Levy

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