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Morey Leonard Sear (February 26, 1929 – September 6, 2004) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Morey Leonard Sear
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
In office
October 31, 2000 – September 6, 2004
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
In office
1992–1999
Preceded byFrederick Jacob Reagan Heebe
Succeeded byA. J. McNamara
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
In office
May 7, 1976 – October 31, 2000
Appointed byGerald Ford
Preceded byJames August Comiskey
Succeeded byKurt D. Engelhardt
Personal details
Born
Morey Leonard Sear

(1929-02-26)February 26, 1929
New Orleans, Louisiana
DiedSeptember 6, 2004(2004-09-06) (aged 75)
New Orleans, Louisiana
EducationTulane University Law School (J.D.)

Education and careerEdit

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Sear received a Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School in 1950. He was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps from 1950 to 1952. He was an assistant district attorney of the Parish of Orleans, Louisiana from 1952 to 1955. He was in private practice in New Orleans from 1955 to 1971, serving as special counsel to the New Orleans Aviation Board from 1956 to 1959.[1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Sear served as a United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana from 1971 to 1976. On March 30, 1976, Sear was nominated by President Gerald Ford to a seat on that court vacated by Judge James August Comiskey. Sear was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 6, 1976, and received his commission on May 7, 1976. He served as a Judge of the Temporary Emergency Court of Appeals from 1982 to 1993. He served as Chief Judge from 1992 to 1999, assuming senior status on October 31, 2000, and serving in that capacity until his death on September 6, 2004, in New Orleans.[1]

Notable caseEdit

In 1981, Sear presided over the three-month BriLab trial of Carlos Marcello, Aubrey W. Young, and Charles E. Roemer, II, on charges of conspiracy, racketeering, and mail, and wire fraud in a scheme to defraud the state through multimillion-dollar insurance contracts. Roemer, the father of future Governor Buddy Roemer and Marcello, a New Orleans crime figure, were convicted and imprisoned for conspiracy, but Young, a former aide to Governor John J. McKeithen and current staffer to then Lieutenant Governor Robert "Bobby" Freeman, was acquitted of all charges.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Morey Leonard Sear at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ The New York Times, March 31, 1981, p. 16; May 18, 1981, Section IV, p. 13; July 8, 1981, p. 18; July 31, 1981, p. 6; August 6, 1981, p. 13

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