Hon. Robert H. Cleland See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
E.D.Mich.  
Average Rating:7.9 - 8 rating(s)
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Ratings

*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. Robert H. Cleland


Comments


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10007
Rating:7.1
Comments:
This man is a right wing conservative to the max. Plaintiffs stand ZERO chance in front of him in a bench trial so you'd better go with a jury, though he will bogart the case from a jury. If you face sentencing you WILL get the max. It's why his colleagues at USDC call him "Maximum Bob." He's actually a decent guy away fronm the bench--very courteous, almost Jimmy Stewart-like, though Stewart had some charisma, whereas Bob is stodgy. Not a bad guy, just no compassion at all.

Litigant

Comment #: 9331
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I do not consider my FOIA rights to be frivolous. Today, we refer to the Judge as Honorable. However, a computer is capable of making a decision based on facts without the temper and attitude problem. We never refer to the computer as Honorable Computer and the judge as Frivolous Judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5140
Rating:9.8
Comments:
In a district with a heavy caseload, this judge is amazingly impressive. Issues thorough opinions on dispositive motions soon after they are set for argument. Not the type of judge who leaves dispositive motions hanging until the eve of trial; wish all judges followed this practice.

Other

Comment #: 5058
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Typical right-wing appointee. A rubber stamp for the U.S. Attorney. Hands down sentences on the severe side and isn't too interested in mitigating factors. A classic "hanging judge."

Other

Comment #: 3919
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Extremly fair in all of his decisions. He was a master of the court room. It was most impresive to watch this man work. I have found a new respect for the law. All judges should have this type of competence.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 3909
Rating:9.4
Comments:
Outstanding grasp of complex legal issues; uncommonly high intellect, capable of quickly grasping technical factual matters. Even-keeled and very fair. Fair with extraordinary demeanor.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 3037
Rating:8.2
Comments:
Excellent demeanor - very courteous; settlement oriented; fair

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2048
Rating:5.0
Comments:
He begins civil trials by telling the jury "you and I are going to decide this case" and then he controls the courtroom like Stalag 17, and runs the jury like he owns them. And he does.