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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
Roslyn O. Silver
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona
Preceded by
William Docker Browning
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona

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Arizona Daily Star (blog)

Arizona Daily Star (blog)
Tue, 07 Apr 2015 11:29:07 -0700

A Tohono O'odham man was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter in his girlfriend's choking death. U.S. District Court Judge Raner Collins sentenced Michael Henry Flores in the August 2011 killing of his ...

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:11:15 -0700

An ex-professional boxer was sentenced to 84 months in prison and a $15,000 fine, for his part in a drug distribution ring. On Wednesday 34-year-old Juan Antonio Suazo was sentenced by Chief US District Court Judge Raner Collins in Tucson. Suazo is a ...

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Thu, 15 May 2014 19:59:56 -0700

Speaking through an assistant, Raner Collins, the chief judge for the Arizona district, said he was "very pleased" with the spate of appointments, because, "It was much needed." Former Chief Judge Roslyn Silver declared a "judicial emergency" in ...


Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:26:34 -0800

Judge Raner Collins also ordered that previously sealed court papers filed by the agent's attorney be revealed, saying the public had a right to know. The boy's family is suing the agent in the shooting death. The Arizona Republic this week filed a ...
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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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 ...

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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 ...
Arizona Daily Star
Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:18:50 -0800

A hearing is scheduled for Thursday before U.S. District Judge Raner Collins to schedule a possible retrial. Those charges include possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, using and carrying a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime, assault ...

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