Hon. Paul S. Diamond See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
E.D.Pa.  
Average Rating:3.7 - 15 rating(s)
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Ratings

*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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What others have said about Hon. Paul S. Diamond


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 22177
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Makes his own rules.. does not follow court rules.

Litigant

Comment #: 22176
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Very biased against pro se litigants- allows attorneys to expand cases to bill clients and milk insurance companies. Refuses to compel discovery on attorneys when when party if pro se.

Litigant

Comment #: 22054
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I commented in 2012. I had the misfortune to stand before this joker again 5/23/13 for a probation "violation" he personally arranged. Again, he distorted the record, repealed court rules, misapplied the law, and bullied the defense. More seriously, I have developed evidence that this unqualified hack tampered with the case record in a way that may be criminal. Much of the evidence is included in my mandamus case file in the 3d Circuit, No. 14-2108.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21735
Rating:4.2
Comments:
Judge Diamond dispenses with the rules of civil procedure and acts as a tyrant. He is incapable of having any interaction with litigants without making threats. He debases the legal system and the worst part is he works hard at it. His motives are unclear other than feeding his own meglomania.

Litigant

Comment #: 18466
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Diamond distorts the evidence to fabricate a false "factual" record so he can misapply the wrong law and always find for the government. Prosecutors know this and are encouraged to commit more ethical violations in his court that always go unpunished. US Sen. Patrick Leahy has publicly stated in '08 that Diamond starkly refuses to enforce constitutional rights of individuals. He is an ogre who tries to make private citizens feel guilty for entering his court and asking him to stop government abuses. He vigorously opposes Free Speech and tries to quash dissent with dubious prison sentences and civil sanctions. He is a thug, not an arbiter.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 13547
Rating:9.7
Comments:
I think the majority of comments must be from disgruntled litigants. A no-nonsense judge, he manages his cases and moves his docket along with a firm hand. But I have found him smart, fair, and prompt in his decisions, which are well-reasoned. That's not to say I have always agreed with his rulings. That is why we have appellate courts.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 13243
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Terrible judge: arrogant, mean, and irrational when it comes to scheduling.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12734
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Here is a Judge who exemplifies pure political appointment and has absolutely no inclination to do 'justice' - other than to manage his docket. You will be astounded by the swiftness of the entry of Orders. Your case is only a case name and number- His Honor couldn't care less about real people.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8308
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Extraordinarily lazy and a waste of taxpayer dollars.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 6511
Rating:2.0
Comments:
The worst judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. A crony of Senator Specter. A shameful appointee.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5562
Rating:3.6
Comments:
An unusually unqualified judge, even in this era of unqualified appointees. Fully agree with initial comment: "One of the worst judges I have even seen on the bench." Uses raw judicial power to bully the parties; no grasp of issues. Contemptuous of the orderly process of civil litigation. The second comment is so off-the-wall that it could only have been written with absolute irony and sarcasm, a la Dostoievsky's Notes from Underground.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3771
Rating:1.0
Comments:
One of the worst judges I have ever seen on the bench. He had no consideration for the issues on the case and merely wanted the case off of his docket. Horrible.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1736
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Judge Diamond is a real "lawyer's Judge". In particular, Judge Diamond exercises strong docket management oversight (including timely entry of Orders), while at the same time remaining flexible enough to prevent counsel from having to abandon their practice just to participate in a case pending in his Court.