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Early life and educationEdit

Born in Newark, New Jersey, O'Grady received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Franklin & Marshall College in 1973 and a Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law in 1977.

Professional careerEdit

He was in private practice in Virginia from 1992 to 2003. He was an Assistant commonwealth's attorney for the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1982 to 1986. He was an Assistant United States Attorney of the Eastern District of Virginia from 1986 to 1992. He was a United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia from 2003 to 2007.

Federal judicial serviceEdit

On January 9, 2007, O'Grady was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia vacated by Claude M. Hilton. O'Grady was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 9, 2007, and received his commission on July 11, 2007.

Megaupload caseEdit

O'Grady is the presiding judge in the current extradition proceedings against Kim Dotcom relating to the Megaupload file storage service. During April 2012 he stated: "I frankly don't know that we are ever going to have a trial in this matter," when he found that the company had never been formally served with criminal papers by the US.[1]


  1. ^ Fisher, David (21 April 2012). "Dotcom trial may not occur - Judge". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 20 August 2012.