Hon. Otis D. Wright, II See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
C.D.Cal.  
Average Rating:2.8 - 41 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. Otis D. Wright, II


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Other

Comment #: 21686
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He seemed to have made up his mind before trail and badgered the other side counstantly. Very impaitant and unorganized.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 20673
Rating:1.5
Comments:
Obnoxious. Irascible. Obstreperous. No such thing as a fair hearing.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19169
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I love the comment posted by #: 18438. Does a judge have the authority to grant summary judgment before the matter is briefed, and months before the hearing date, solely to force a settlement? That's what the wonderful Judge Wright did in my case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18704
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Judge Wright took almost six months to rule on a motion for attorney's fees. When he botched the motion, and I requested oral argument, he made me wait months before I was permitted to argue the matter. When I finally was permitted to address the court, he was livid at me for having requested oral argument. He was absolutely unprofessional in his handling of the matter.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18678
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I am filing a request for an Impeachment investigation the the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith and also with my local congressman. I am bringing charges I can prove that Judge Wright violated:
4th Amendment 3 times
5th Amendment 3 times
14th Amendment 3 times
Fed Rule 362 3 times
at least 9 violations of California property law
9 violations of Federal property law.

[Redacted by Ed.]

If you can PROVE Judge Wright broke the law or violated the Constitution in YOUR case, please feel free to contact me and join in my petition.
PLEASE be able to PROVE your claim.
I will be filing with Congressman Smith in the next 2 weeks.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18438
Rating:9.4
Comments:
The bottom line is that Judge Wright has no patience for incompetent attorneys. We need more judges like this. Unlike so many others in the federal judiciary, Wright is not afraid to dismiss cases that are wholly unwarranted, or grant summary judgment where it is obvious that there is no reason to go further in litigation. Those lawyers who actually practice like they've passed the bar and argue their cases clearly and concisely will find no problem with Judge Wright. As a whole, our judicial system would be much more fair and efficient with more judges like this on the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18426
Rating:2.8
Comments:
This judge was to review a federal IDEA matter de novo a few years ago, analyze the facts and law, and issue his order. Sadly, his order was a page and a half of statements that the administrative hearing officer was right and we were wrong. No analysis, no legal support or facts supporting the conclusion. Very sad, and a disservice to my disabled client.

Other

Comment #: 18278
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I have to disagree with commentor #18154. Even with all the mitigation in the world, a beneficial probation reccomendation, and 'proper' arguments being made, Judge Wright has made up his mind before your sentencing memorandum is even filed. I doubt he even spends more than 5minutes looking over sentencing position papers for most defendants. Clients with drug conspiracy cases will get hit the hardest as Judge Wright feels its his civic duty to be extremely harsh on drug defendants and makes it known that all the drug problems of individuals in society are defendants fault from their instant offense. I'm not aware of individuals making racist comments to the judge, but I will say that he shows EXTREME beneficial prejudice to attorneys who are African-American. Similarly situated co-defendants with African American attorneys will get a better outcome on the same criminal indictment. I've seen it numerous times. Do yourself a favor an take note of what when deciding who will represent you, it may be the only chance you have at getting a fair day in court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18156
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
It is very difficult if your indigent and pro se in a civil case to get justice in this court. This court prefers everything in written arguments. Decisions are made without oral arguments heard. Not being an attorney and not understanding how to present written arguments with all of the legal research creates a huge disadvantage for a defense. Sometimes bad things happen to good people which are caused by a third party. People can be forced to make decisions out of protection for their family. In my case there was extortion, blackmail, money laundering and threat of murder from a third party that has never been brought into court and the government has the evidence of. Now the government is racing toward a summary judgement without a defense heard. It appears that justice is only for the rich.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 18154
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I am damn sick and tired of these cowardly and racists criminal defense lawyers who care very little about their clients taking undeserved low blows at black judges. If you work hard and make proper arguments your clients will get justice from his court.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 18008
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This man has no idea how to be a judge; he does not read briefs to learn the facts or the law, and he is lazy, incompetent, arrogant, and rude. What an embarrassment to the federal judicial system. Judge Wright takes so much away from the hard work of his colleagues on the bench who try hard to fairly and impartially apply law to fact. Judge Wright is just not competent. He is one of the few judges who prosecutors and defense lawyers agree is terrible, which says a great deal about the qualifications of this man to be a federal judge. When both the winners and losers of a case think the judge is horrible, clearly there is a problem.

Other

Comment #: 13814
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The Judge has no problem finding for the government, and is especially keene to find no wrong doing on the part of his former employer the LA Sheriff's office. If he even reads the pleadings, it is clear he has no understading of the law or equity in making decisions. His lack of civilty to those who practice before the bar is rather like the treatment Hispanics receive from members of his race working for the LA County Sheriff. This man needs to retire before more damage is done to the traditional notions of justice and fair play.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13774
Rating:1.0
Comments:
RUN from this judge. Seriously, run. Stupid, incompetent, AND rude. The trifecta.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13745
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Wright is a draconian Gorilla. He fails to appreciate the time and effort put in by attorney in preparing and presenting their cases, he fails to deliver on a timely basis his rulings, he depends on his staff to prepare his rulings thereby flip flopping from competent to incompetent.

Other

Comment #: 13727
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Supreme Court Case Law also states that when a judge acts as a trespasser of the law, when a judge does not follow the law, he/she then loses subject matter jurisdiction and the Judges orders are void of no legal force or affect.

Other

Comment #: 13641
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Quit your griping and file a Judicial Misconduct like I did. There is a process. I also filed with John Boehner for a complete Impeachment and Criminal investigation.
DOCUMENT YOUR COMPLAINT THROUGH THE PROPER CHANNELS. Don't just gripe..DO SOMETHING!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13629
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Wright forced plaintiff with MS into settling a case for nothing by denying plaintiff's motion for summary judgment, sua sponte, before the hearing date, and even before an opposition was filed. Due process?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12904
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Terrible abuse of power. Where did all the great judges go? I remember when the judges would actually read the pleadings/motions and make well reasoned decisions? I have lost all faith in the judicial system I use to love so much. Steer clear of Judge Wright.

Litigant

Comment #: 12901
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I am filing a Complaint with the DOJ and the 9th circuit. I see a lot of comments here. Would any of you care to join me?
I have evidenciary documented proof of Federal and State Law violations as well as multiple violations of Civil Rights

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11762
Rating:1.4
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Truly one of the absolute worst judges in the district, and possible the nation. He should never have been appointed. It is absolutely clear he does not both to read the pleadings, does not bother to address cited precedent, and is just generally clueless.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11557
Rating:4.8
Comments:
I was concerned when Judge Wright was assigned, because of these comments. On one series of motions, he was mercurial. The next set of motions, he issued a very well thought out and reasoned opinion. I was pleasantly and favorably impressed. He was not afraid to make a decision.

Other

Comment #: 10272
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Since Judge Wright bases his decisions on personal bias, rumors and heresy - I judge that I can do the same. Judge Wright does not seem to know the law and he tries to control/intimidate the defendant and their counsel. He rude and does not have any "people skills". he takes much joy in "pontificating" from his ivory castle. Judge Wright is a sham and should step down from the bench. It is one thing to be tough, as long as you are fair, but Judge Wright does not know the meaning of fairness.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10176
Rating:2.0
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Judge Wright's reputation as not-so-bright and reflexively pro-business precede him. During an early mediation I was taunted by my Big Firm opponent who claimed he couldn't lose with this judge regardless of the merits. And the mediator agreed. Sadly, they were correct. It hurts the integrity of the judicial system when some judges are known to be "in the tank" for one side or the other.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 10163
Rating:1.6
Comments:
What lunacy looks like when it reaches the federal bench. Pure authoritarian persona. Likes to threaten witnesses or lawyers he dislikes with contempt or prison. Incredibly dumb. Discounts opinions from any other federal court as irrelevant. A general yes man for the government; loves being harsh on defendants; tries to control/intimidate opposing counsel. Another hybrid W./Feinstein Frankenstein GOP "affirmative action" appointee gone nuts on the CDCA (see Dale Fischer & Percy Anderson for others). Had no intellectual background or temperment to be a federal Judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 9855
Rating:8.0
Comments:
Based on the other comments I'm unsure whether this was an anomaly or not, but yesterday I observed what appeared to be a very important criminal matter in front of Judge Wright. There were over 15 motions in limine and, contrary to what most other Judges do, Judge Wright actually read into the record reasoned opinions on ALL pending motions. Refreshing to say the least.

Other

Comment #: 9682
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge says one thing yet does another. He does not appear to know the law and if he does, he doesn't apply it. Does he not know tat he is messing with people's lives? He should do the world a favor and step down.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9417
Rating:2.8
Comments:
Judge Wright, a jurist largely devoid of judicial, or "people" skills, is an equal opportunity abuser. Routinely arrogant and abrasive, he pontificates down at the lawyers unfortunate enough to have to appear before him. He rules with an iron fist, and a tin-foil mind. He has demonstrated beyond doubt that that he has a short fuse, a hair-trigger, and poor marksmanship (because he rarely manages to hit the right target) with his slings and arrows. What he does hit, however, he hits hard and hits mercilessly! He appears to delight in making lawyers come in for motion "hearings," which are nothing more than a 45 second diatribe by a jduge who clearly has not read the papers or done his homework. If Charles Dickens were still alive and writing today, he would be hard-pressed not to create a judge-character based upon this bench-warmer. I also have no doubt that his % of cases reaching trial is very low, caused by parties who have either precipitously been thrown out of Court during motion practice, or by parties settling in a last-ditch effort to avoid the caprice, uncertainties, vagaries, and whims which a trial with Otis presiding portends. There should be a flashing red neon sign above his Courtroom door that warns lawyers, in Dantean terms: "All hope abandon ye who enter here."

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9162
Rating:1.8
Comments:
Wow. I have never seen a more dysfunctional bench. Very rude, arrogant, tempermental, yada...

Litigant

Comment #: 7700
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He was appointed by GWB. Need we say more?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6814
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Comments number 6528 and 6496 were obviously written by Judge Wright's law clerks. There is no merit to either comment.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6528
Rating:7.0
Comments:
Judge Wright may come across as rude and a little arrogant - however, he is very even-handed on the bench. Both sides had numerous opportunities to argue their points. And for those who say he already has his mind made up, what judge doesn't? It's called a tentative and it's your job as a lawyer to persuade him otherwise (assuming, of course, you couldn't already do it in your papers). Overall, a good judge. He has some learning to do but that will come with more experience. His temper could use some work. However, considering the district in which he sits, I think he's off to a good start.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6496
Rating:8.7
Comments:
Perhaps one of the fairest judges in the Central District. His demeanor may seem a little harsh, but I attribute that to poor lawyering tactics and games more than anything else. Though my client did not prevail on one of Judge Wright's orders, I felt the opinion addressed all necessary legal authority.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6404
Rating:1.7
Comments:
A really bad judge. He doesn't get it - he figures he has a life appointment now and he has it made. Doesn't think critically and doesn't try to think critically. At one oral argument in front of him he asked ridiculous questions and flip-flopped three times based on who was the last lawyer to speak - and I actually won the argument. One of the worst judges I have been in front of. The power of being able to do whatever he wants has gone to his head if you ask me. I feel bad for his clerks - who probably have more understanding of the issues than he does. If you are looking for a judge in order to pull the wool over his eyes, you've found him.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 6396
Rating:1.2
Comments:
Judge Wright's name is a misnomer. A more apt monicker would be "Judge Wrong." I argued a fairly interesting summary judgment motion opposition drafted by a partner. The judge was shockingly ill-prepared, obviously had made up his mind and had no interest in listening to argument. In fact, I found myself arguing to his law clerks who at least appeared interested in the oral argument. The only consolation was that the judge kept calling me by my (absent) partner's name, so my good name is not sullied by that record! And as the other counsel have observed, Judge Wright compensates for his lack of legal acumen and inexperience (he had only been a municipal court judge for one year when inexplicably elevated to the federal bench) by being impatient, imperious and downright rude. Worst judge I have seen in 25 years, and most of that time has been in the Central District of CA, so I have seen some pretty awful judges (along with some very good ones). Without a doubt, inside of a couple more years, Judge Wright will race right to the top of the worst. Mark my words.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6266
Rating:1.3
Comments:
I agree with the other comments. This judge is rude, imperious, intellectually lazy, and, frankly, very stupid. The upside is that his opinions are so poorly reasoned that reversing him will not be as difficult as with other judges.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6069
Rating:1.4
Comments:
I agree: "Not learned in the law and arrogant, this preener thinks he is the best, when in fact he is the worst." He likes superficial, simplistic reasoning to reach a result. He does not seem to be capable of resolving complex issues. He apparently has never seen a lawsuit with any merit. This may have something to do with the fact that his entire career consisted of defending businesses, mainly insurance companies. I am sure that that his former clients had nothing to do with his appointment to the bench. I am equally sure that this judge's decisions are not biased in favor of their interests.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5960
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Not learned in the law and arrogant, this preener thinks he is the best, when in fact he is the worst.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4724
Rating:6.0
Comments:
In civil rights court trial judge made statements and rulings evidencing misunderstanding of basic law relating to police misconduct. Does seem to try to be evenhanded. Misses nuances of evidence; tends to rely on concrete and superficial analysis of evidence.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4614
Rating:2.4
Comments:
Judge Wright is generally ill prepared and probably the worst federal judge I have ever argued a motion before. He was imperious, arbitrary, asked off-the-wall questions and just didn't get it. Judge Wright has only been on the bench for six months, and already has one of the worst judicial temperaments on a bench (CDCA) known for its discourteous judges; avoid him at all cost.