Hon. Michael H. Watson See Rating Details
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Average Rating:5.3 - 3 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. Michael H. Watson


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 33058
Peevish, which can cause him to be insulting and petty. Not overly intelligent and frequently reversed. Extremely slow on most matters, causing a long backlog of motions and undecided matters that date well beyond six months and can even stretch to years. Politically friendly to Republican Party in cases that impact it and its elected officials.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1605
Judge Watson, very new Federal Judge from Ohio common pleas. seems to very much care about the defendant as a human. In the appropriate case, willing to deviate from guidelines and sentencing reccommendations to fashion a sentence he believes fair to defendant, which will give Defendant a chance to succed after the case. Very deliberate and thoughtful in his decision making.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1398
Judge Watson is extremely thoughtful. So much so, he comes to a sentencing hearing with an open mind. He has changed hs opinion on sentencing while in a hearing.
He seems generally interested in getting things right. So much so, it will slow down a docket more than necessary.