Hon. Charles J. Williams See Rating Details
Magistrate Judge See Comments
Average Rating:7.2 - 3 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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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 34883
Leans heavily towards the government, especially in pre-trial matters and sentencing issues. Considers the Sentencing Guidelines as "gospel" and refuses to deviate from them in most cases, even for credible arguments such as the unfair pure/mix meth guidelines.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 34485
Now a District Court Judge in Cedar Rapids. In criminal cases it is clear that he is a former AUSA, as he still follows their policies when it comes to sentencings and suppression issues. He needs to realize that he is a District Court Judge now and not a prosecutor. He needs to also sentence "individuals" and not group all defendants into the same category of "bad" people. He rarely uses all of the factors under 3553(a), and instead puts too much emphasis on the sentencing guidelines.