United States District Court For the District of Wyoming
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United States District Court For the District of Wyoming
United States District Court for the District of Wyoming
(D. Wyo.)
Wyoming Locator Map.PNG
Appeals to Tenth Circuit
Established July 10, 1890
Judges assigned 3
Chief Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal
U.S. Attorney Mark Klaassen
Official court website

The United States District Court for the District of Wyoming (in case citations, D. Wyo.) is the Federal district court whose jurisdiction comprises the state of Wyoming and those portions of Yellowstone National Park situated in Montana and Idaho.[1] The court has locations in Cheyenne and Casper.

Appeals from this court are heard by the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Wyoming represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current United States Attorney is Mark Klaassen.

The district of Wyoming is the only federal court district that includes portions of more than one state. Law professor Brian C. Kalt has argued that it may be impossible to impanel a jury in compliance with the Vicinage Clause of the Sixth Amendment for a crime committed solely in the Idaho portion of the park (and that it would be difficult to do so for a crime committed solely in the Montana portion).[2]

Current judges

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
7 Chief Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal Cheyenne 1954 2010-present 2011-present -- Obama
5 District Judge Alan Bond Johnson Cheyenne 1939 1985-present 1992-1999 -- Reagan
8 District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl Casper 1966 2011-present -- -- Obama

Former judges

# Judge State Born-died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Riner, John AldenJohn Alden Riner WY 1850-1923 1890-1921 -- 1921-1923 Harrison, B.B. Harrison death
2 Kennedy, Thomas BlakeThomas Blake Kennedy WY 1874-1957 1921-1955 -- 1955-1957 Harding, Harding death
3 Kerr, Ewing ThomasEwing Thomas Kerr WY 1900-1992 1955[3]-1975 -- 1975-1992 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
4 Brimmer Jr., Clarence AddisonClarence Addison Brimmer Jr. WY 1922-2014 1975-2006 1986-1992 2006-2013 Ford, Ford retirement
6 Downes, William F.William F. Downes WY 1946-present 1994-2011 1999-2011 -- Clinton, Clinton retirement

Chief judges

Chief judges have administrative responsibilities with respect to their district court, and preside over any panel on which they serve unless circuit judges are also on the panel. Unlike the Supreme Court, where one justice is specifically nominated to be chief, the office of chief judge rotates among the district court judges. To be chief, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as chief judge. A vacancy is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The chief judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position.

When the office was created in 1948, the chief judge was the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire on what has since 1958 been known as senior status or declined to serve as chief judge. After August 6, 1959, judges could not become or remain chief after turning 70 years old. The current rules have been in operation since October 1, 1982.

Succession of seats

United States Attorneys for the District of Wyoming

See also


  1. ^ 28 U.S.C. § 131.
  2. ^ Brian C. Kalt, The Perfect Crime, 93 Geo. L.J. 675 (2005).
  3. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 12, 1956, confirmed by the United States Senate on March 1, 1956, and received commission on March 2, 1956.

External links

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