Hon. Raner C. Collins See Rating Details
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Average Rating:6.1 - 9 rating(s)
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*Temperament:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Scholarship:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Industriousness:   (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
*Ability to Handle Complex Litigation:    (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Punctuality:    (1=Chronic`y Late,10=Always on Time)
*Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation:    (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
*Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation:   (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Flexibility In Scheduling   (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Pre-Trial:   (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions:   (1=Least Involved,10=Most Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Trial:    (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Sentencing:    (1=Most Lenient,10=Most Harsh)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators:    (1=10%,10=100%)
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What others have said about Hon. Raner C. Collins


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19405
Wonderful judge, fair, honest, respectful of counsel. Works hard, has a great courtroom temperament and demeanor.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 18230
That's the best aneswr of all time! JMHO

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 12105
A whopper of a child porn case which Judge Collins got wrong. USA vs Cotterman - No. 09-10139 - Cotterman moved to suppress the evidence discovered on his laptop and any “fruits” of that evidence.
Judge Charles Pyle held a suppression hearing and heard testimony from Agent
Riley, Agent Owen, Officer Alvarado, and Group Supervisor
Brisbine. Judge Pyle filed a Report
& Recommendation urging that the motion to suppress be granted in full and that the Government be required to return
the copies it had retained of Maureen’s laptop hard drive and the Cottermans’ personal papers. He reasoned that the actual search of the laptop occurred two days after Cotterman’s entry into the United States and 170 miles from the border, so it had to have been an extended border search requiring reasonably particularized suspicion. Judge Pyle further determined that the ICE agents did not have reasonable suspicion that evidence of criminal activity would be found on the laptop
and, therefore, the search was performed in violation of
the Fourth Amendment. Collins accepted and adopted Pyle's recommendations. --- Hello this guy had a history of child abuse - had several laptops and cameras with him - many password protected files - thats sufficient cause. Using his logic every point of entry would have to have a foresenic computer lab and techs on site. Glad to see the 9th circuit reversed this bad call. Lets hope Judge Collins gets the message. Finding: It is well-established that the sovereign need not make any special showing to justify its search of persons and property at the international border. …the border search doctrine applies to searches and seizures that occur hundreds or thousands of miles from the physical border…case closed.


Comment #: 9807
It's very easy to practice in his court. Lenient sentencer, but generally consistent. Tends to be pro-defense in critical areas. Very flexible. Great temperament.

Probation or Pretrial Officer

Comment #: 8735
This man is a shame to everyone who respects the law. He should retire and give his seat to a real professional that will understand the law and not try to legislate from the bench.

A model of a moron.

Court Staff

Comment #: 6905
Here's a judge that is a defense counsel's best friend. Need a continuance for another foolish defense motion? Granted. Need to file foolish motion after foolish motion? Granted. Need a continuance because a government witness has a scheduling conflict due to all the previous continuances? Not granted!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2766
Intelligent, dignified, thoroughly prepared, very fair. Stayed even-tempered and maintained control over his courtroom in spite of opposing counsel's hystrionics.


Comment #: 2163
the type of judge you would want to appear before if you were being sentenced, extremely fair to both sides