Hon. Margaret C. Rodgers See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
N.D.Fla.  
Average Rating:2.9 - 67 rating(s)
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*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)
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Court Staff

Comment #: 22709
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Matthew 23:27-28:

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!"

"For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and all uncleanness!"

"So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness!"

Other

Comment #: 22693
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The criminal is this woman Margarete Rogers! She is not honest nor is she honorable.

Other

Comment #: 22685
Rating:1.0
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This judge is unjust and bias. Kent Hovind has done nothing wrong. Free him please.

Other

Comment #: 22674
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Rodgers is an american treasure!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 22663
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Awful

Other

Comment #: 22603
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The rulings and opinions of this judge are the worst I have ever had the misfortune to read! She should be impeached and never, ever hold an office of public trust again!!! She has repeatedly violated her oath of office as well as the rights of individuals unfortunate enough to be judged in her court!

Other

Comment #: 22560
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This lady is unjust. She needs to be removed! There is no honor in her.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 22533
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She shouldn't be a judge by the fact she is totally bias and personal preferences have no place in a court avoiding the law.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 22519
Rating:1.7
Comments:
Judge Rodgers should step down from the bench! she is using her power as a judge to discriminate against others because they believe differently that she does.

a good judge is able to set aside their own personal bias and judge fairly. apparently Judge Rodgers doesn't have that ability, she is not qualified to be a Judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 22505
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Bad, bad comments. The way to attack for the alleged improprieties is a complaint of judicial misconduct.

Other

Comment #: 22469
Rating:Not Rated
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I wish there was a score higher than 10. This is a great judge and she is an American treasure.

Other

Comment #: 22468
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Free Kent Hovind

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 22467
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Does not understand precedent. Personal priorities pre-empt an even-handed consideration of all facts.

Other

Comment #: 22466
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Dear Judge Rodgers,

The people ask you for justice in your courtroom. Your partiality is highly suspect. Kent Hovind has already served eight years of time on questionable charges. Free him. Please.

Other

Comment #: 22465
Rating:1.0
Comments:
#freekent

Other

Comment #: 22464
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
#freekent

Now, you judge on earth, but one day we will all stand before the great Judge in Heaven. How will you plead His mercy when you have shown none yourself in the case before you?

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 22463
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Free him

Other

Comment #: 22462
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Free him.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 22460
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Stop thinking of money, Stop backing evil. you are withholding the world. of a wonderful Man Kent Hovind. We need Him and we are willing to protest and stand up to oppressors. Dr Hovind means a lot to us. and your stopping us from having our brother back!!

We want our brother back, and nothing justifies locking him in isolation, and keeping him away from his people!

Murderers,rapists,and thieves serve less time then our Innocent Brother Dr. Hovind,

Think about what you are doing!! You might belong to the system but don't let your heart be taken by it too!! You know this is wrong!

LET OUR BROTHER GO !!!

We are thousands we are his Brothers and we want our Brother to go back home to His Wife and Family. and to be left alone !!!

Hasn't the U.S government harmed him enough!! Pay Him for your mistakes and free Him !! only evil people want Him locked away!!

You have the power to free Him. We ask you nicely LET OUR BROTHER GO !!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 22459
Rating:1.0
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No person that is honest can look at the case of Dr. Hovind and not come to the conclusion that the judge that issued the sentence was not biased and just down right mean and vindictive. I don't think anyone wants to have to face this kind of attitude in a courtroom. I think everyone deserves a fair and unbiased jury and judge no matter what your political or religious beliefs are. We sure don't see that in this case. Now there are new and improved trumped up charges against Dr. Hovind and he again has to face this same vindictive judge? I will pray for this situation and perhaps God will intervene for Dr. Hovind. He should be released for such minor crimes, if any real crime was committed. Personally I don't think he's done anything wrong at all. We have far more destructive criminals running loose in this country that do deserve to be punished with long jail times but this is not one of them. Dr. Hovind has done far more time than people that have committed crimes that actually caused harm and even death to others and they walk after a few years. If this case is not one of the best examples of a miscarriage of justice I don't know what is. In any case this judge should step away from this case. A honest, decent person would that much.

Other

Comment #: 22457
Rating:1.0
Comments:
#freeKent

Other

Comment #: 22456
Rating:1.0
Comments:
#freeKent

Other

Comment #: 22455
Rating:1.0
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Margaret Catharine Rodgers. A corrupt entity of the system. She needs to be bashed into a wheelchair. NOW!

Other

Comment #: 22454
Rating:Not Rated
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To Judge Rodgers, It is time to release our brother Kent Hovind from jail. We are relying on a fair decision being reached in this trial and that he can return to a normal life and too his family. I don't know Mr. Hovind personally but he is a fellow Christian and I will STAND with him. Thank You for fairness within your courtroom. Sincerely yours, Bob Hagen

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 22453
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The harsh penalty she imposed upon Kent Hovind reveals an angry judge who should have recused herself from this trial in order that a judicious hearing would be the result. I'm dismayed at the character of this judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22450
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Shame shame shame.... need I say more?

Other

Comment #: 22448
Rating:1.0
Comments:
free Dr. Hovind

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 22447
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Kent Hovind, the personification of a lying, duplicitous grifter, is in prison, sentenced on a crime prosecuted during the presidency of George W. Bush, and tried under a Bush-appointed United States Attorney and before a Bush-appointed United States District Judge. Because "Dr." Hovind is pathologically incapable of even the slightest bit of self-reflection--odd for a self-professed man of the Spirit--he has instead spent the last ten years lashing out, fomenting a broad conspiracy designed to silence him for his speech (never mind that his conviction has been repeatedly upheld by reviewing courts and is not open to further litigation). The commission of an alleged new crime, and the trial that is about to begin, has given him a new stage to continue his vitriol. This time, he has attracted an audience.

Reading through the transcript from last time, it is clear that Judge Rodgers kept a calm and orderly courtroom. I pray she continues to be able to do so.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 22436
Rating:Not Rated
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America used to be the Country of Dreams for the oppressed by tyranny and dictatorship, such as those who were born under communist and fascist oppression. This statute of America was due to men standing for their belief in freedom, such as the Founding fathers, where by rights are given by God, and God alone.

Kent Hovind is clearly a man of integrity, speaking and defending his beliefs, which ware the beliefs of the Founding Father, and also their philosophy, which was instantiated in the Constitution, and thus by no means Kent Hovind is worse than Jefferson and Franklyn.

As I see the matters, Margaret C. Rodgers has acted as an unjust and wicked person, animated by hate, setting the innocent man to rot in jail for speaking his convictions, which are the essence of the US Constitution.

Clearly the allegations against Mr Hovind are contrived out of hate and/or interrupt the ministry he was serving and cannot be justified.

If Justice is to take place the prosecutors of Kent Hovind and the disgraced Margaret C. Rodgers should be removed from their positions, indicted, and accordingly prosecuted.

America has been disgraced by evil people in power to set thinking men with integrity in jail out of hate. To bomb and destroy foreign countries. To murder those celebrating a marriage.

Where is the America of Judge Andy Griffith today? – it is murdered, this time stabbed by a wicked and disgraced woman of hate.

May that woman repent by the grace of YHWH, and Hi and Kent and his family forgive her wicked deeds.

Other

Comment #: 22433
Rating:Not Rated
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Judge Rodgers must recuse herself from the Kent Hovind proceeding. She has shown herself to be extremely prejudiced against Christians in Hovind's and previous court cases. She declared that his totally legal self-declared tax exemption as a church was "worse than rape". She also removed incriminating statements from the court record, itself a criminal offense. Judge Rodgers needs to be impeached.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 22428
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Where is the justice in Kent Hovind's case? Dont you have a conscience? How have you slept at night for the last 99 months? MIND BOGGLING. I could never carry the burden of being in your position. Please understand that your decisions have a LONG lasting effect. Please on 3/2/15 be slow to speak, slow to anger, and quick to listen. Please soften your heart and release this man.

Other

Comment #: 22427
Rating:Not Rated
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Judge Rodgers is a biased disgrace to our justice system and concerning the case of Dr Kent hovind you should remove yourself from the case because of your obviously displayed biases towards dr hovind concerning his beliefs and the unconstitutional tax structuring laws brought against him meant for drug lords/traffickers. Not for the operation of religious freedom and evangelism. I hope judge Rodgers, that you have the morality to not only what is required of you but also what is morally right. Please do what is right judge Rodgers.

Other

Comment #: 22426
Rating:Not Rated
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Judge Rodgers exemplifies all that is wrong with our justice system. We would all be better off if she were flipping burgers somewhere.

Other

Comment #: 22422
Rating:1.0
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Judge Rodgers is a disgrace to our justice system. A judge should be unbiased and should judge according to the laws of the land. Judge Rodgers has instead shown personal bias and even advised jurors incorrectly by altering a law in order to get the jurors to convict a person tried in her court. This is inexcusable, especially for a judge. She should be removed from her office.

Other

Comment #: 22416
Rating:1.0
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I have grave concerns about Judge Rodgers presiding over Dr. Kent Hovind's case on March 2, 2015. It is my firm belief that she should recuse herself from this case because of anti-Christian bias and conflict of interests. We have a group from Louisiana driving in to the courthouse to pray for and support Dr. Hovind on his court day. Thank you.

Other

Comment #: 22412
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Rogers is obviously bias and corrupt. Clearly this judge needs to be investigated and removed from office till such investigation is final. It does our country no good to have judges like Ms. Rodgers. In the case of Kent Hovind the sentence is cruel and unconstitutional.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 22411
Rating:1.0
Comments:
In the ears of the entire court, uttered a very sick and unrelated opinion of a defendent while passing sentence.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 22410
Rating:Not Rated
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Judge Rodgers:
Undoubtedly, you are a person who is concerned about upholding the rule of law otherwise you would not be a federal judge. I am sure that the job you do is a most difficult and thankless one. No matter how you rule in any given case you will always make someone very upset at your ruling.

In the case of Kent Hovind, it appears as though you may be making his case into a personal matter instead of maintaining a fair and balanced approach. Surely you have to admit that putting this man behind bars for possibly 20 more years is way beyond reasonable? Don't you feel justice would be better served if you recused yourself from this case and allowed someone who has not had any prior dealing with Mr. Hovind to preside over the upcoming trial?

I really hope you will give it serious consideration. If not; I believe you will, undoubtedly, spend the rest of your life feeling guilty about the injustice that your further involvement in this case will end up producing. I do not know Mr. Hovind, however, I have studied his case extensively and it appears to this outsider that the fact that Mr. Hovind has refused to bend his knee to Ceasar and repented of perceived wrongdoing, you have taken this as a personal affront and you are out to destroy him instead of seeking justice and fairness.

Other

Comment #: 22408
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Hello your honor if you had a loved one that was sentenced life in prison after serving nearly a decade in prison without hurting anybody wouldn't that make you sad and miss that person. Well kent hovind is a loving father and friend. I ask that you please release him because he has family. He is at an age were just 20 more years would put him at life. He does not hurt society. I know he speaks out against evolution but he has a freedom of speech please dont be personal towards him what if your loved one was in the same situation. In the end we all die anyways so let him live out his final years in peace with his family every human deserve to be be free at one point or another after they served their time. This is his point 8 years is long enough and please release him to his family even if guilty his time is plenty enough how many murderers there are out there who have served less time than he has. He never hurt anybody thank you for spending your time to read read all the way through.

Other

Comment #: 22404
Rating:Not Rated
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A spearhead of the IRS movement to silence opposition, Margaret Rodgers is a tool in the hands of the federal establishment. She is not to be trusted, and should be incarcerated for her abuses of judicial power.

Other

Comment #: 22403
Rating:1.0
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Needs to be investigated. It appears her courtroom is corrupt. Will will pray for her to repent her ways.

Other

Comment #: 22402
Rating:Not Rated
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Judge Rodgers and the IRS need to be investigated by Congress - plain and simple.

Other

Comment #: 22400
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Kent Hovind's trial. Really?

Other

Comment #: 22398
Rating:1.0
Comments:
treatment of Kent Hovind is abominable.
withholding transcripts so an appeal could not be made - taking the "worse than rape" statement out of the record
conflict of interest (profiting from giving people lengthy jail terms)
anti-religious bias She should not be the judge in Mr. Hovind's next trial.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 22396
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Truth always is revealed.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 22391
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I am utterly shocked to find out about the "rape" comment this judge used as a comparison to Kent Hovind. And removing it from the record. Where is your honor oh honorable judge? Where is the justice? Mam how could you go on with your daily living while this man rots away. Even if he is guilty of structuring the punishment far exceeds the crime. Not to mention the law was designed for drug activity and you have used it against a pastor. Never drank a sip of alcohol, never utters a cuss word. Never touched drugs. May the Lord soften your heart and suppress your mount Everest size pride. Lord willing.

Other

Comment #: 22387
Rating:Not Rated
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Judge Rogers is not fit to do her job by "Rule of law" due to her biased anti-christian view.

Other

Comment #: 22385
Rating:Not Rated
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This woman is openly bias and hostile toward Christians in her court room. How is she still sitting on a bench in America?

Other

Comment #: 22378
Rating:1.0
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This judge has an obvious religious freedom bias and misled the jury. It is obvious to anybody that she is trying to make an example of Kent Hovind and is now trying to rule over a trial to have in prison for life. For which violent criminals have spent less time in jail than he has already. He harmed no one. This is injustice of the most egregious kind. She should recuse herself from duty as she is not fit to be an impartial judge. If she doesn't, she should be removed.

Other

Comment #: 22377
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
well judge Rogers, families of America thank you for following through with the persecution of a loving Christian man? to fulfill the prosecution's agenda of keeping honest, riteous men away from their families and in prison.. so our daughters can be watched by the men the likes of those who wish to rape 5 year old girls? great choice! now, how are you going to explain your ruling to your children and your husband. We need men like Kent Hovind in this country, in our cities in our towns, spreading the message of love and truth to our children and keeping them safe. Wake Up America! We cannot have individuals such as judge Margaret C Rodgers making decisions for our families. remove her from office.

Other

Comment #: 22376
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
well judge Rogers, families of America thank you for following through with the persecution of a loving Christian man? to fulfill the prosecution's agenda of keeping honest, riteous men away from their families and in prison.. so our daughters can be watched by the men the likes of those who wish to rape 5 year old girls? great choice! now, how are you going to explain your ruling to your children and your husband. We need men like Kent Hovind in this country, in our cities in our towns, spreading the message of love and truth to our children and keeping them safe. Wake Up America! We cannot have individuals such as judge Margaret C Rodgers making decisions for our families. remove her from office.

Other

Comment #: 22372
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Margaret Casey Rodgers is incompetent and biased and does not uphold justice. She sentenced Kent Hovind to 10 years in prison for a crime that received an average sentence of 14 months in 2013. During sentencing, she said that Kent Hovind was not supporting the military by not paying taxes. Our ministers are in the same category as our military. The are public servants. That is why ministers are not required to pay taxes. The tradition of granting clergy immunity from taxation dates back to the founding of our country and all its traditions. Kent Hovind is a public servant who has taken a vow of poverty. Judge Rodgers showed her ignorance and was a disgrace to our country when she spoke so utterly disrespectfully to this man of God.

Other

Comment #: 22371
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Although I see no one reviews these and obviously puts little weight to any comments made here, due to the first negative comments made were in 2008 and this Judge is still on the bench. But what the heck. I am a citizen of the United States. You are supposed to represent my best interests. I do not know Judge Rogers, so I cannot personally comment veracity. What I would like to comment on is fairness and conscious. Dr. Kent Hovind has served nearly a decade in federal custody for a crime that did not injure anyone except our tax structure. Today we have several high profile persons that owe the IRS millions of dollars that are not being sent to jail, their homes are not being raided by teams of federal agents. He has never threatened anyone except one off hand comment on a radio program. Which, today dozens of celebrities make irrational statements regularly and do not find themselves incarcerated. I am not a follower and do not know him well, but from what I do know of his case at this point in his advanced life at the end of his prison term is it right to put this man in prison again? Costing tax payer dollars when so many criminals are free that are not "White collar" criminals? Or is this personal? I ask that this mans charges be dropped and send him home to his family. Thank you.

Other

Comment #: 22369
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Rogers is a perfect example of what is WRONG with the justice system in this country. Her personal biases and seeming vendetta against religion make it clear that she is in no uncertain terms UNQUALIFIED for the office and should be removed.

Other

Comment #: 22366
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Kent Hovind's case shows so many things wrong about the way the law was used against him. I listened to her in a recording saying it is not about religious persecution, but I find that very hard to believe, especially considering the new charges and the crazy severity of the old charges. This lady gives justice and women judges a very bad name and I am a woman. I think she should resign.

Other

Comment #: 22365
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I've written two federal lawsuits, pro se, one of which suceeded. I've examined the transcript of one criminal case overseen by Rodgers. It was very troubling.

The defense somehow managed to file an appeal prematurely, which the clerk interpreted as an interlocutory appeal. In court, the defense then asked to have the "interlocutory" appeal regarded as a properly filed appeal. Rodgers told the defense that they would have to research case law to find out if she, Rodgers, could do that. Strange....

Rodgers also repeatedly ignored citations of clearly established case law.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 19319
Rating:2.8
Comments:
She is doing some good things in her capacity as a federal judge regarding criminal rehabilitation efforts. The problem is she was unqualified to be a federal judge when appointed though she has mellowed and matured some since. She reasons to conclusions and has for example a reputation of ignoring Florida bad faith law in favor of her view of what the law should be.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18024
Rating:4.2
Comments:
Judge Rodgers appears to be a results-oriented pro-business judge. She freely ignores binding precedent in order to reach her desired result. Her legal reasoning, such as it is, tends to be an afterthought to justify her policy-oriented decision. She displays little intellectual integrity and is highly predictable in her rulings.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13817
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Lacks familiarity with cases before her. Does not read or understand filings that attorneys have labored over. Poor work ethic, not much sense of impartiality.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12970
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Was very slow to rule on or review motions. I was worried that this meant she was too busy and would want to get rid of cases to lighten her load. Sadly it seems I was right as my case was dismissed with sketch logic that did not add up at all. It is not consistent with case law and will not doubt be quoted time and time again in the near future by lawyers in similar cases. She twisted the law as far as she could to lighten her load.

Other

Comment #: 9098
Rating:1.0
Comments:
AS A FEDERAL JUDGE YOU HAVE TAKEN AN OATH TO UPHOLD THE LAWS OF THIS LAND AS THEY WERE WRITTEN IN 1776. WHY ARE YOU NOT DOING THAT? WE HAVE A RIGHT TO PRAY WHEN EVER WE WANT TO AND WHEN.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6895
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Although she came to the bench without a great deal of trial experience she has worked hard at learning the job and has significantly improved. Industrious and fair, she is a good judge now and will be very good as she gathers experience.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 6131
Rating:1.3
Comments:
A silly prima donna who was nowhere near ready to become the country's youngest US district judge. She is a spoiled child who thinks that the whole process is about adulation for her and her "achievements".

A couple years ago, she was at a youth soccer game (she presumes to run the program as if it's under her jurisdiction...), she got gonged on the head by an errant ball, while she was absorbed in a cell phone conversation. The resulting torrent of obscenities and temper tantrum were totally inconsistent with the conduct we expect of even the least capable occupants of the federal bench. In front of her kids and many others, to boot.

Wholly unqualified for this position. Plain and simple, she needs to be impeached at the earliest opportunity.