Hon. Michael Walter Fitzgerald See Rating Details
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Average Rating:1.0 - 4 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)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Trial:    (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Sentencing:    (1=Most Lenient,10=Most Harsh)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators:    (1=10%,10=100%)
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Comment #: 33270
Fitzgerald is very theatrical in most all of his criminal proceedings. He is also pro-government, even so much as letting AUSA's break local Court rules.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22042
Judge Fitzgerald was reported to have been the first openly gay judge in the Centeral District of California, in Los Angeles. This begs the question: who were the first not-openly gay judges?

The answer is two Reagan-appointed judges: in 1982, Pamela Ann Rymer, and in 1985, Stephen V. Wilson. Rymer then went to the Ninth Circuit, and was the first gay judge there, and now is deceased; Wilson continues on the Central District bench.


Comment #: 21876
Rating:Not Rated
Late last year on the day of handing down a ruling on non infringement in favour of the defendants a strange thing happened. Two hours before the court opened and his honours ruling handed down a dramatic 40% drop in the loosing plaintiffs share price occurred. Who benefit in this share market trade? On what basis did it happen? The only event before is the anticipated ruling by Judge Fitzgerald. This being the only event surrounding the company of interest to investors at the time raises the question DID THE JUDGES OFFICE leak to outside counsel or others the decision prior to it being handed down in open Court. Was the office of the Judge part of an illegal stock trade based on insider information? Enough questions surround what happened to raise serious suspicion at the very least.