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Cecilia Maria Altonaga
Cecilia Altonaga.jpg
Judge on United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Incumbent
Assumed office
May 7, 2003
Nominated by George W. Bush
Preceded by Shelby Highsmith
Personal details
Born (1962-12-26) December 26, 1962 (age 52)
Baltimore, Maryland
Alma mater Florida International University, Yale Law School

Cecilia Maria Altonaga (born December 26, 1962) is a Florida United States district court judge. She is the first Cuban-American woman to be appointed as a federal judge in the United States.

Biography[edit]

Altonaga was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and is an alumnus of Florida International University, where she received her B.A. in 1983. She graduated from the Yale Law School in 1986. She worked as an attorney in the Miami Dade County Attorney's Office from 1986–1987, and then served as a law clerk to Edward B. Davis of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida from 1987-88 before returning to the County Attorney's Office until 1996. In 1996, Governor Lawton Chiles appointed her as a County Court Judge on Florida's Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court. In 1999, she was elevated to Circuit Court Judge in that district by Governor Jeb Bush.

She was nominated for a seat on U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida by George W. Bush on January 15, 2003, to a seat vacated by Shelby Highsmith. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 6, 2003, and received her commission the following day. During her time on the federal bench, Altonaga has been noted for her strong support of the recently created Florida International University College of Law, having served as the keynote speaker in the 2004 Convocation, judged several moot court competitions, and employed FIU law students as summer interns.

Supreme Court speculation[edit]

In July 2005, following the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Judge Altonaga's name was raised as a potential George W. Bush Supreme Court candidate, a position for which she was promoted by Florida's Hispanic community. However, it would be a very rare occurrence for a sitting District Court judge to be appointed to the Supreme Court. At 43, Altonaga was younger than most other Hispanics or women who were being mentioned as possible nominees, which might have made her a more attractive choice to the President. However, President Bush went through several other nominees, and nominated Judge Samuel Alito for the position.

Notable Rulings[edit]

On June 14, 2007, Altonaga ruled that US Sugar Corporation's practice of pumping untreated wastewater into Lake Okeechobee was in violation of the Clean Water Act. Largely as a result of this decision, on June 25, 2008 the state of Florida announced plans to purchase 300 square miles (780 km2) of land controlled by US Sugar, which will be used to restore vital water flow between Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades National Park, helping to ensure its survival in the face of competition for water from surrounding development.[1]

She also presided over the trial of Charles McArthur Emmanuel, son of former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor, for torture.[2]

In September 2006, Sheikh Mohammed was accused of encouraging the abduction and enslavement of thousands of boys for use as jockeys in camel races. A class-action suit was filed in the state of Florida in the United States.[3][4][5][6] In July 2007, Judge Altonaga granted a motion to dismiss the suit because none of the involved parties resided in the United States.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schor, Elana (2008-06-24). "Florida to buy 187,000 farmland acres to preserve Everglades". Guardian. Retrieved 2008-06-25. 
  2. ^ Anderson, Curt (2009-01-09). "Taylor's son gets 97 years in prison for torture". Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-01-09. [dead link]
  3. ^ Gumbel, Andrew (2006-09-15). "Dubai princes accused of masterminding trade in jockey slaves". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  4. ^ "Dubai's ruler accused of slavery". BBC News. 2006-09-14. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  5. ^ A Dubai Leader Faces Charges of Enslavement - September 14, 2007 - The New York Sun
  6. ^ Cover Bio from Current Biography Monthly Magazine - April 2008

Sources[edit]

External links[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Shelby Highsmith
Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
2003–present
Incumbent

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Miami Herald
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:37:29 -0700

U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga threw out a Miami jury's guilty verdicts against Tiffany Foster, 49, saying the trial evidence showed that she had “withdrawn” from the scheme to bilk Medicare more than five years before prosecutors filed an ...

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Daily Business Review (registration)
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:14:43 -0700

The jury wasn't persuaded but the defense worked with U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga. Approached by an FBI agent in 2009, Foster detailed illegal activities at Hollywood Pavilion, helping the government pursue its case, Altonaga noted in her ...
 
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Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:00:00 -0700

28, U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga in Miami found that plaintiffs lawyers had offered flawed evidence in support of a theory that the zinc in Fixodent has a causal link to neurological damage. The ruling kept the plaintiffs' causation expert from ...

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MiamiHerald.com
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:14:15 -0700

U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga read a document at Friday's hearing, signed by Sucart, in which he admitted bringing professional baseball players to Bosch as steroid customers for as much as $13,500 a month between 2010 and April 2013. Sucart ...
 
Lexology (registration)
Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:18:45 -0700

... in Fixodent® and increased risks of neurological problems for a reasonable jury to find causation, Judge Cecilia Altonaga disagreed, concluding that the expert testimony “relies on factually inaccurate data and unsupported assumptions, and ...

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MiamiHerald.com
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:24:53 -0800

But he is expected to receive a much shorter prison sentence when he appears in May before U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga because he agreed to plead guilty and resign from the force last month. Sutherland, who had joined the Miami police out of ...
 
Miami Today
Wed, 22 Feb 2012 07:38:35 -0800

As the first Cuban-American woman to serve as a federal judge, Cecilia Altonaga is breaking new ground. "Every time I achieved what I set out to do I saw myself not only as a Cuban-American, but as a woman opening doors," she said. "It's important for ...

Miami New Times

Miami New Times
Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:16:32 -0800

... in his case, because they get to Bosch's credibility as a witness. In January, U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga agreed. While quashing most of Quintero's demands, she did grant his request for documents pertaining to payments to Bosch from the ...
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