U.S. District Judge S. James Otero, Us District Court Judge S

James Otero is a federal judge on senior status for the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He joined the court in 2003 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. He retired from full-time service, assuming senior status, on December 30, 2018.

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A native Californian, Otero graduated from California State University with his B.A. in 1973 and graduated from Stanford Law School with his J.D. in 1976.

Professional career

1987-1988: Regional counsel, Southern Pacific Transportation

Judicial career

Central District of California

See also: Federal judges nominated by George W. Bush

Otero was nominated by President George W. Bush (R) on January 7, 2003, to a seat vacated by Richard Paez as Paez was nominated to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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<1> Otero was confirmed by the Senate on February 10, 2003, on an unopposed 94-0-6 vote, and received commission on February 12, 2003.

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<2> He retired from full-time service, assuming senior status, on December 30, 2018.

Noteworthy cases

Judge refuses to return copies of documents seized in raid (2014)

In April 2014, Judge Otero denied a land developer’s request to return items that were seized from him during the course of a federal raid of his properties. Jeff Burum, the developer, was accused of bribing county officials in an effort to obtain a $102 million settlement for his real estate investor group. Judge Otero denied Burum’s request because while the original items seized were returned to him, Burum still sought the return of copies of documents that were seized. As a criminal investigation was still underway, Judge Otero wrote that Burum’s “interest in the copies of the seized material not outweigh the government’s interest.”


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Preceded by:Richard Paez Central District of California2003–2018 Succeeded by:Fernando Aenlle-Rocha


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Federal judges who have served the United States District Court for the Central District of California

Active judges

Chief Judge: Philip Gutierrez  •  John Walter  •  Otis Wright  •  George Wu  •  Percy Anderson  •  Cormac Carney  •  David Carter (California)  •  Dale Fischer  •  Virginia Phillips  •  Robert Klausner  •  Stephen V. Wilson  •  Fernando Olguin  •  Dolly Gee  •  Stanley Blumenfeld  •  John A. Kronstadt  •  Josephine Staton  •  Michael Fitzgerald (California)  •  Jesus Bernal  •  André Birotte, Jr.  •  Fernando Aenlle-Rocha  •  Mark Scarsi  •  John Holcomb (California)

Senior judges

James Selna  •  Dean Pregerson  •  Valerie Baker Fairbank  •  Terry Hatter  •  William Duffy Keller  •  Ronald Lew  •  Consuelo Marshall  •  S. James Otero  •  Christina Snyder  •  

Magistrate judges Charles F. Eick  •  Paul Abrams  •  Jacqueline Chooljian  •  Alicia Rosenberg  •  Sheri Pym  •  John McDermott (California)  •  Jean Rosenbluth  •  Michael Wilner  •  Douglas McCormick  •  Alka Sagar  •  Kenly Kiya Kato  •  Louise A. LaMothe  •  Steve Kim (California)  •  Karen Stevenson  •  Karen Scott  •  John Early  •  Alexander MacKinnon  •  Rozella Oliver  •  Gail Standish  •  Maria Audero  •  Pedro Castillo  •  Shashi Kewalramani  •  Autumn Spaeth  •  Margo Rocconi  •  Patricia Donahue  •   Former Article III judges

Gilbert Jertberg  •  Carlos Moreno  •  Kim McLane Wardlaw  •  Alicemarie Stotler  •  Audrey Collins  •  Florence-Marie Cooper  •  Gary Feess  •  Andrew Guilford  •  Robert Kelleher  •  Stephen Larson  •  Spencer Letts  •  Howard Matz  •  Mariana Pfaelzer  •  Manuel Real  •  George Schiavelli  •  Robert Takasugi  •  Harry Pregerson  •  Pamela Rymer  •  Richard Paez  •  Warren Ferguson  •  Cynthia Holcomb Hall  •  Ferdinand Francis Fernandez  •  Leon Rene Yankwich  •  Albert Lee Stephens, Jr.  •  Margaret Morrow  •  Lourdes Baird  •  Robert Bonner  •  William Byrne, Jr.  •  William Byrne, Sr.  •  Charles Carr  •  Thurmond Clarke  •  Elisha Crary  •  Jesse Curtis  •  John Davies  •  Robert Firth  •  Richard Gadbois  •  William Gray (California)  •  Peirson Hall  •  Andrew Hauk  •  Irving Hill  •  Harry Hupp  •  James Ideman  •  David Kenyon  •  Malcolm Lucas  •  Lawrence Lydick  •  Linda McLaughlin  •  Edward Rafeedie  •  William Rea  •  Gary L. Taylor  •  Dickran Tevrizian  •  Laughlin Waters  •  Francis Whelan  •  David Williams (California)  •  Jacqueline Nguyen  •  Beverly Reid O”Connell  •  Atsushi Wallace Tashima  •  

Former Chief judges

Alicemarie Stotler  •  Cormac Carney  •  Terry Hatter  •  Virginia Phillips  •  George King  •  Consuelo Marshall  •  Manuel Real  •  Albert Lee Stephens, Jr.  •  William Byrne, Jr.  •  Thurmond Clarke  •  Andrew Hauk  •  Irving Hill  •  


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