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Raner Collins
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Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona
Assumed office
September 3, 2013
Preceded by Roslyn O. Silver
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona
Assumed office
August 3, 1998
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by William Docker Browning
Personal details
Born Raner Christercunean Collins
1952 (age 62–63)
Malvern, Arkansas, U.S.
Alma mater Arkansas Polytechnic College
(Now Arkansas Tech University)
University of Arizona College of Law
(Now James E. Rogers College of Law)

Raner Christercunean Collins (born 1952) is the Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.

Born in Malvern, Arkansas, Collins received a B.A. from Arkansas Polytechnic College in 1973 and a J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1975. He was a law clerk in the Pima County, Arizona Attorney's Office from 1975 to 1976, and then a trial attorney for that office until 1981. He was a city magistrate for the City of Tucson Court from 1981 to 1983, thereafter returning to Pima County Attorney's Office as a county attorney until 1985. He was a superior court judge pro tempore of the Pima County Superior Court from 1985 to 1988, and a superior court judge there from 1988 to 1998.

On May 11, 1998, Collins was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Arizona vacated by William D. Browning. Collins was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 31, 1998, and received his commission on August 3, 1998. He became Chief Judge on September 3, 2013, succeeding previous Chief Judge Roslyn O. Silver who took senior status.

On January 11, 2011, following the death of Chief Judge John Roll in the 2011 Tucson shooting, Collins ordered that the judges of the District of Arizona, all of whom knew Roll well, could not preside over the prosecution of the alleged murderer.



Legal offices
Preceded by
William Docker Browning
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona

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Nogales International

Nogales International
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:18:22 -0800

U.S. Judge Raner Collins has yet to rule on Chapman's motion in the Elena case. But once he does, any subsequent appeal would be made to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. If the outcome of that appeal were to differ from the decision ...

Courthouse News Service

Courthouse News Service
Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:14:38 -0800

After U.S. District Judge Raner Collins ordered the state in 2000 to end its "arbitrary and capricious spending" on statewide English-language-learner programs, civil-rights lawyers with the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest spent the next ...


Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:27:36 -0800

A federal judge ordered the disclosure Thursday of the name of the Border Patrol agent, Lonnie Swartz, who killed a Mexican teen in a 2012 cross-border shooting in Nogales. U.S. District Court Judge Raner C. Collins made his decision after hearing ...

The Detroit News

McClatchy Washington Bureau
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:29:35 -0800

Judge Raner Collins in Tucson, Ariz., ruled Thursday that the public had a right to know the identity of the agent, Lonnie Swartz. Swartz is a defendant in a civil lawsuit filed by Araceli Rodriguez, mother of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, who was ...
Arizona Daily Star
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:04:40 -0700

Testifying in federal court before Judge Raner Collins, Romero said he, Camargo and Jesus Garcia had been drinking beer when they decided to drive to a house to buy a small amount of marijuana. Along the way, they stopped at a convenience store nearby ...

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Nogales International
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 12:22:50 -0800

U.S. District Court Judge Raner Collins said he would try to issue a ruling by the end of the business day Thursday after defense attorney Sean Chapman, who is representing the unnamed agent, argued a motion to keep the name of the agent under seal.
Al Jazeera America
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:27:59 -0700

In August, Judge Raner Collins granted a motion allowing Parra and his colleagues to subpoena the Department of Homeland Security, CBP and the Nogales Police Department to compel them to release the name of the agent who shot José. CBP agreed to ...


Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:45:34 -0700

But, Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Raner Collins ordered CBP to justify keeping the name under seal. "It is properly very difficult to seal courtroom documents," ACLU attorney Lee Rowland said. "There may be rare cases where the government can ...

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