Robert Cleland

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Robert Cleland
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Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   6/19/1990 - 3/1/2013
Senior:   3/1/2013 - Present
Preceded by:   James Churchill
Succeeded by:   Linda V. Parker
Personal History
Born:   1947
Hometown:   St. Clair, MI
Undergraduate:   Michigan State U., B.A., 1969
Law School:   University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1972

Robert Cleland is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He joined the court in 1990 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush and took senior status in March 2013.[1]

Early life and education

Born in St. Clair, Michigan, Cleland graduated from Michigan State University with his bachelor's degree in 1969, and graduated from the University of North Carolina Law School in 1972 with his Juris Doctor degree.[2]

Professional career

Cleland entered private practice in Port Huron, Michigan from 1972 to 1975. Cleland was the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for St. Clair County, Michigan Attorney's Office from 1975 to 1977, and the Chief Assistant Deputy Attorney from 1977 to 1980. Cleland was reassigned to Assistant Prosecutor again from 1981 until his appointment to the Federal Bench in 1990.[2]

Judicial career

Eastern District of Michigan

Cleland was nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by President George H.W. Bush on February 20, 1990 to a seat vacated by James Churchill. Cleland was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 18, 1990 and received commission on June 19, 1990. Cleland took senior status on March 1, 2013.[1][2]

Notable cases

Reporter's privilege case (2010)

     United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Richard G. Convertino, v. United States Department of Justice, 07-cv-13842)

Judge Cleland ruled on February 9, 2010 that Detroit Free-Press reporter David Ashenfelter did not have to reveal sources of information he got when reporting that a federal prosecutor was under investigation for his handling of a terrorism trial.[3]

Former Eastern District of Michigan U.S. Attorney Richard Convertino sued the Justice Department in order to force Ashenfelter to reveal the sources of information used in the story as Covertino felt the information was illegally leaked.[3]

The judge dismissed the motion for reconsideration, adding that the plaintiff engaged in poor strategic planning.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by:
James Churchill
Eastern District of Michigan
Seat #1
Succeeded by:
Linda V. Parker