Hon. Ricardo S. Martinez See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
W.D.Wash.  
Average Rating:3.7 - 24 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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Litigant

Comment #: 34379
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I just posted my evaluation of Ricardo Martinez. I have a correction to make. I was a "litigant" in the civil rights case before Martinez. I am Not a "criminal defense lawyer". However, I am a civil rights lawyer. Therefore, I am qualified to opine that Judge Martinez' legal rulings in my case were acts of judicial misconduct and abuse of his office.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 34378
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
RICARDO MARTINEZ VIOLATES DEMOCRATIC NORMS WITH IMPUNITY. This judge places no value on, and does not respect, Constitutional guarantees of due process and equal protection before the law for all citizens. Nor does he believe in the First Amendment right to free speech and to petition the government for redress. Ricardo Martinez has a lifetime appointment to his position, regardless of his performance. Sweet! He has decided he is a king, not a public servant. Accordingly, he decides who will be the winners and who will be the losers in the cases and controversies before him and then he does whatever is necessary to bring about HIS desired outcome. My heart truly goes out to anyone whose freedom might be at stake before this judge. I had a lot at stake, but not my physical freedom. I know that this judge, if he had his way, would imprison me for these statements I am making right now, about him. Well, he is a public figure, and as far as I know, my speech is protected. So, I am letting the public know, this judge has no respect for the central values of a Democracy, which this country aspires to be. He spits on these democratic norms, and then he laughs all the way to the bank. In my case, I brought a civil rights action because I was being retaliated against by the Washington State Bar Association for opposed the criminal conduct of a white male lawyer. This lawyer's pattern of fraud injured me, three of my clients, and other clients of his. This lawyer's fraud entailed committing repeated fraud upon the courts so he could cheat his clients. I had the evidence and I intended to put the evidence before a jury. The Washington State Bar Association is a special interest group which pretends to represent the interests of the legal profession. This special interest group is empowered to perform state governmental functions without any oversight by a governmental agency and without any of the normal constraints placed upon governmental agencies. This has led to corruption. State Bar Officials not only tolerate lawyers who engage in white collar crime, they aid and abet these lawyers. Washington's citizens are the victims. Martinez was not assigned to the civil rights action I filed, but he took over the case, even though the parties had consented to proceed before the assigned Magistrate Judge. After he hijacked the case, he engaged in a year of egregious judicial misconduct, brutally retaliating against me for opposing the WSBA's corruption. I timely demanded a jury trial. Therefore, he entered pretrial rulings that I could NOT present any evidence at the jury trial. He did this because he knew I had the evidence to present to a jury to support my allegations, so he had to make sure he decided the case (instead of a jury). These absurd pretrial rulings were his way of accomplishing that goal, because if he had flat-out denied me my right to a jury trial, he would have been reversed by the Court of Appeals. It's too straightforward of an issue (i.e., the right to a jury trial if timely demanded). Therefore, he found another way to gain total control, by denying me the right to present any evidence to the jury, on totally specious grounds. This was patently a violation of my right to due process. But who cares? Not the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, I can tell you that. Rights without a remedy are meaningless, my fellow citizens. Effectively, Martinez did deny me my right to a jury trial by these pretrial rulings. A trial was futile. I would not be allowed to present any evidence. I gave up. Martinez had a bench trial where he got to act as the jury. He protected and rewarded a criminal (my former attorney) and ensured that my former lawyer's criminal's conduct would remain a secret from the public, thereby, placing the public at risk. Thanks to Ricardo Martinez, this lawyer can go on engaging in fraud upon the public and the courts. Martinez issued an injunction against me so I could not speak in the future to warn the public about this lawyer, so his criminal conduct would remain a secret. If I warn the public, I could be jailed. This violated my First Amendment rights, but this judge does not believe in, or respect the First Amendment. I thought the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals would be appalled by his judicial misconduct, so I appealed. But the three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit, they rubber-stamped Martinez. During oral argument, they allowed the adverse party (the fraudster) to personally attack me and publicly humiliate me. He was not admonished for his wildly inappropriate behavior. No coincidence, the head of the appellate panel was a former WSBA President. The crime bosses of the WSBA have his loyalty. I think, the mentality of these judges is that the justice system does not belong to the People. It exists so they will have careers! January 6th is not a mystery when our own judges appointed to uphold the law have no regard for Democratic Norms. This judge should be impeached. That would set an example to others like him. It would be a start anyway, toward a true democracy, ensuring that black-robed fascists lose their jobs on the bench.

Other

Comment #: 33732
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
It is imperative that we hold Federal Judges to the highest Standard of the Law. All Judges should lead morally and ethically or step down. More importantly, Hon. Ricardo S. Martine, should have been been held accountable and transparent in ever case he oversees. Judge Ricardo S. Martinez - committed a constitutional crisis, and an miscarriage' of justice, when he sentenced our adult son to nine years in prison on the testimony's of two jail house snitches who were caught with the drugs by a corrupt Ice Agent and overzealous prosecutor. "No Lie Lives Forever" God is the JUDGE!

Litigant

Comment #: 26824
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
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Judge Ricardo Salazar Martinez, United States Federal Judge was the 13th Jurors. Judge Ricardo Martinez’s gave the Jury's Instructions on 2/18/11 just before noon. In his closing remarks before the jury deliberated the Judge erred in open Court when he unethically stated," Monday 2/21/11 is a Holiday and some of you came along way. If you can reach a verdict today you won't have to make that long drive back on Tuesday." The Judges remarks were egregious and unconscionable. It took two hours for an all white Jury (not of his peers) to come back with a Guilty Verdict on all four counts. Holds a Kangroo Court an unfair, biased, or hasty judicial proceeding that ends in a harsh punishment; an unauthorized trial conducted by individuals of the ?cout. The family paid $970.00 for portions of the Trial Transcript including the Judge’s flagrant remarks were unconscionable . After we got over the shock of the Conviction we made an agreement with the District Court Clerk Nancy Bauer one week after Trial on 2/27/11. The money was accepted and I was to receive the Trial Transcript on week later. I will attach the receipts. This Judge and the Prosecutors violated, judicial rules, laws and ethics on March 11, 2011, when the Prosecutor and Judge Martinez decided to Seal the Trial Transcript that was done in open court. Sealed Trial Transcript to cover up the errors. Judge Martinez our son to sentenced nine years and he has NOT been ALLOWED to see his OWN TRIAL TRANSCRIPT for his own APPEAL defense Pro Se'.

Court Staff

Comment #: 26682
Rating:2.3
Comments:
His legal staff and the social "Just" Us protesters are embarrassing his ability to execute sound judgment. He caved into the fallacy bandwagon.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 23610
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Refused to disqualify himself in a case where he was a party. Ignores case law, prejudges the cases, does not follow the constitution's bill of rights, unethical, and is worn his welcome on the bench. Time for him to retire.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 20866
Rating:4.7
Comments:
Extremely pro-plaintiff. Had a multi-week jury trial before him and 90% of the rulings on admission of evidence went for the plaintiff, as did his crafting of the jury charges. He also didn't understand the law and didn't care to learn it either.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19367
Rating:4.0
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A poor grasp of the law and a real hazard in a jury trial. Often prejudges motions and then complains because he has to reconsider and reverse himself.

Other

Comment #: 19251
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Ricardo Salazar Martinez, United States Federal Judge was the 13th Jurors. Judge Ricardo Martinez’s gave the Jury's Instructions on 2/18/11 just before noon. In his closing remarks before the jury deliberated the Judge erred in open Court when he unethically stated," Monday 2/21/11 is a Holiday and some of you came along way. If you can reach a verdict today you won't have to make that long drive back on Tuesday." The Judges remarks were egregious and unconscionable. It took two hours for an all white Jury (not of his peers) to come back with a Guilty Verdict on all four counts. Holds a Kangroo Court an unfair, biased, or hasty judicial proceeding that ends in a harsh punishment; an unauthorized trial conducted by individuals of the ?cout. The family paid $970.00 for portions of the Trial Transcript including the Judge’s flagrant remarks were unconscionable . After we got over the shock of the Conviction we made an agreement with the District Court Clerk Nancy Bauer one week after Trial on 2/27/11. The money was accepted and I was to receive the Trial Transcript on week later. I will attach the receipts. This Judge and the Prosecutors violated, judicial rules, laws and ethics on March 11, 2011, when the Prosecutor and Judge Martinez decided to Seal the Trial Transcript that was done in open court. Sealed Trial Transcript to cover up the errors. Judge Martinez our son to sentenced nine years and he has NOT been ALLOWED to see his OWN TRIAL TRANSCRIPT for his own APPEAL defense Pro Se'.

Other

Comment #: 18309
Rating:Not Rated
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You would think that judges in the hotbed of internet and computer technology would have some idea of the Lanham Act as well as general internet rulings by the ninth circuit not to mention general rules of lawyer advertising. In Davis vs. Avvo rather than applying obvious federal law as well as case law he simply reiterated the position of another dimwit on the bench out there. Seems these people (N.W.O. elitest) would rather have people settle their disputes in the street.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18022
Rating:2.5
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Had an interesting day not too long ago. I sat in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and listened to multiple Martinez CIVIL cases that were up on appeal. He was reversed each time. People need to understand that Martinez may be a fine criminal judge, especially when locking up defendants, but that isn't the entire job. To say otherwise would be akin to arguing that anyone who can dunk should be in the NBA! As the below comments aptly suggest, he is a fish out of water when it comes to dealing with COMPLEX CIVIL MATTERS. He just doesn't do his homework. Most or all of these comments can coexist, and those Ninth Circuit hearings only strengthened the positions of those who say he is unqualified. In each case, the outcomes should have been so obvious at the district level. His rulings seem to contradict prevailing and widely recognized case law, which means his actions tend to border on abuse of authority. If you can't do the entire job, you aren't qualified to do the job at all.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 17316
Rating:9.5
Comments:
I have handled several settlement conferences presided over by Judge Martinez. He has an uncanny ability to cut through all the BS and posturing and get to the crux of the matter. Truly excellent people skills and an innate sense of justice. I would take him over any other in this district.

Prosecutor

Comment #: 17315
Rating:9.6
Comments:
One of the best judges for criminal trials in the district! I have practiced in two other districts and this judge is one of the bet that I have seen. He's fair, even tempered and runs a tight ship but makes excellent rulings, an excellent record and truly concerned with obtaining justice.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 17309
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Took a difficult case to trial, Judge Martinez was as good as could be. Made tough but fair rulings and the jury rewarded my efforts by returning a six figure award. I have no clue what those prior comments are about but I saw nothing but an excellent trial judge at the top of his game.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13356
Rating:1.5
Comments:
Awful. Not the brightest bulb on the tree. Should be removed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12832
Rating:2.3
Comments:
Should go be a corporate defense attorney.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12339
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He's in over his head and far from qualified to be a judge. He is extremely uneven in his rulings.

Litigant

Comment #: 12189
Rating:2.0
Comments:
He does not read briefs and shows himself to be extremely biased against pro se litigants. Fails to research relevant and current case law, but has a strong propensity towards favoring corporate defendants. Has extremely poor comprehension, reasoning and writing skills. Fails to adhere to summary judgment standard, construing inferences in favor of movants when convenient (i.e., government or corporate litigants). Allows corporate defendants to commit fraud upon the court and perjury.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 12086
Rating:1.0
Comments:
morally bankrupt, ignorance of law - how did he get on the bench????? another dull knife in the drawer, puppet

Other

Comment #: 8286
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
My trial experience before Judge Martinez has shown him to be very well-prepared in complex administrative matters, consistent in his rulings, and fair to all parties. He treats parties and lawyers with unfailing courtesy, and runs his courtroom very professionally but without the tense atmosphere of other judges. It is obvious that he enjoys being a judge, and it is a pleasure to appear before him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3767
Rating:2.7
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Not well prepared to be federal judge in complex matters. Rulings inconsitent, picks a "favorite" in most proceedings and will rule their way regardless of law and facts.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3765
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Appears to pre-judge issues. Opinions are self-contradictory, contrary to precedent, and poorly reasoned.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1915
Rating:2.5
Comments:
Several decisions in different cases contrary to law.