Hon. Charles R. Pyle See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
Average Rating:6.4 - 5 rating(s)
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*Temperament:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Scholarship:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Industriousness:   (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
*Ability to Handle Complex Litigation:    (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Punctuality:    (1=Chronic`y Late,10=Always on Time)
*Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation:    (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
*Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation:   (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Flexibility In Scheduling   (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Pre-Trial:   (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions:   (1=Least Involved,10=Most Involved)
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Comment #: 12104
A whopper of a child porn case which Judge Pyle got wrong. USA vs Cotterman - No. 09-10139 - Cotterman moved to suppress the evidence discovered on his laptop and any “fruits” of that evidence.
Judge Charles Pyle held a suppression hearing and heard testimony from Agent
Riley, Agent Owen, Officer Alvarado, and Group Supervisor
Brisbine. Judge Pyle filed a Report
& Recommendation urging that the motion to suppress be granted in full and that the Government be required to return
the copies it had retained of Maureen’s laptop hard drive and the Cottermans’ personal papers. He reasoned that the actual search of the laptop occurred two days after Cotterman’s entry into the United States and 170 miles from the border, so it had to have been an extended border search requiring reasonably particularized suspicion. Judge Pyle further determined that the ICE agents did not have reasonable suspicion that evidence of criminal activity would be found on the laptop
and, therefore, the search was performed in violation of
the Fourth Amendment. --- Hello this guy had a history of child abuse - had several laptops and cameras with him - many password protected files - thats sufficient cause. Using his logic every point of entry would have to have a foresenic computer lab and techs on site. Glad to see the 9th circuit reversed this bad call. Lets hope Judge Pyle gets the message. Note: District Judge Raner Collins adopted the Report & Recommendation and will also be held accountable. It is well-established that the sovereign need not make any special showing to justify its search of persons and property at the international border. …the border search doctrine applies to searches and seizures that occur hundreds or thousands of miles from the physical border…case closed.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 9809
Very intelligent judge. Generally easy going. However, he is very defense biased. His hearings tend to run long.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 9277
Judge Pyle has an extraordinary temperment and mind. He is one of the best I have encountered in 30 years of practice.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2767
A quiet genius with a great temperament and wit, and a good trial judge. The district is fortunate to have him on the bench.