Hon. Roger T. Benitez See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
S.D.Cal.  
Average Rating:4.5 - 16 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. Roger T. Benitez


Comments


Court Staff

Comment #: 22162
Rating:1.2
Comments:
The worst judge I have ever encountered. Completely bias, rude, arrogant and condescending. He is the type of person that abuses his power, he ridicules attorneys, defendants, even prosecutors. It is a shame this ignorant person was put as a judge when he lacks the ability to analyze facts, evidence and basically admits he does whatever he wants in his courtroom. The irony is that he extremely is harsh in his sentencing but was not able to take his son the right path, he OD.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22075
Rating:1.3
Comments:
The absolute worst judge I encountered in 20 years of federal practice. Degrades and berates lawyers, witnesses and parties. Lacks the intellectual ability to analyze law and facts of even very modest complexity. Does not understand the rules of evidence. Takes YEARS to render decisions. May have psychological disorder.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21182
Rating:2.3
Comments:
Judge Benitez can be harsh and mean-spirited. I have seen him ridicule defendants in front of their families and disparage attorneys in front of their clients. He is probably the worst criminal judge in the Southern District. Lately he has become mean to the government as well. Judge Benitez is all about his personal power.

Prosecutor

Comment #: 19517
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Not a nice. Not intellectual. No compassion.

Probation or Pretrial Officer

Comment #: 18104
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Herrendous decision to put this man on the bench! The only judge that merited a "not qualified" rating by the ABA. I shudder to think that this sanctimonious ***** will be on the bench until he croaks!! The absolute worst judge in the district!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 8548
Rating:1.0
Comments:
By far, the most ignorant and mean spirited judge I have EVER had the displeasure of meeting. Rude, curt, mean spirited and above all condescending. He should have stayed in El Centro where the amount of damage would have been minimal in comparison. The epitome of unqualified!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 8345
Rating:1.4
Comments:
Judge Benitez is the most dangerous kind of judge - he combines ignorance of the law with a draconian mean-spirited attitude. His sentences are unusually harsh even when the most mitigating of circumstances exist. His attitude is dismissive, condescending, and quite sanctimonious. He is the worst judge in the Southern District and his decisions are completely biased and drawn not from rules, statutes or case law, but from his own demented sense of self-worth.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6548
Rating:9.5
Comments:
A very fair and patient judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5607
Rating:2.3
Comments:
That not-so-rare combination of dumb and mean.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5511
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Nasty judge - a real firecracker.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5241
Rating:9.3
Comments:
Excellent judge.

Other

Comment #: 2932
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Benitez is an excellent judge. He is very patient and respectful. He should be on the Ninth Circuit!