Hon. John R. Tunheim See Rating Details
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Average Rating:5.8 - 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. John R. Tunheim



Comment #: 22171
Manheim dismissed an important civil matter involving a major public policy issue where a special interest group with local ties was allegedly harming competition and the American homeowner. Despite reams of evidence and the untenable position of defendants, Tunheim dismissed the case for lack of evidence / no triable issue of fact, depriving plaintiff a fair trial.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19467
Very smart judge and a decent trial judge (except that the trial day always starts later than announced). He usually gets it right on rulings, but he does take his time. When he does rule, he may hesitate to make the tough call (e.g. granting full summary judgment), even if the law and facts mandate that). He tends to prefer to let the case proceed, even if that means he will dispose of it later. As a result, he is considered a bit friendlier to plaintiffs than to defendants. But overall, he is a good fair judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11841
This judge takes his time but demonstrates the best understanding of the law of all judges in this District. He appears to believe that a judge's role is that of referee, not jury. Contrary to the wrong-headed comments regarding this judge's supposed ambition, he is committed to the law and displays the utmost respect for all counsel. He deserves to be elevated, but I will be happy if he continues to be the excellent district judge that he is.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5197
A fair and thorough judge who knows and applies the law well in civil cases.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4989
Did a great job on C-SPAN defending the untenable position of banning cameras in the courts.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4916
His obviously high IQ is exceeded only by his higher GQ persona. Way too politically ambitious - just waiting in the wings for Judge Murphy to take senior status and the Dems to win so his anointment can be made official.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4810
Rating:Not Rated
If he spent more time on rulings and less time promoting himself he would be a much better judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4748
His GQ aura is exceeded only by his singleminded passion and self-promotion to get on the Circuit.