Hon. Linda R. Reade See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
N.D.Iowa  
Average Rating:3.8 - 38 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. Linda R. Reade


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Other

Comment #: 22070
Rating:1.0
Comments:
linda reade dons the robe of a judge but behind that robe is a bitter person always looking to make the life of an person as miserable as possible with her harsh sentencings. it is unreal that she still dons that robe.

Litigant

Comment #: 22017
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The most obviously temperamental judge I have ever appeared before. Judge Reade seems to rule based on her personal mood and not points of law. Her reputation among local lawyers is the same - no real legal expertise and a lot of temper.

Other

Comment #: 21728
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Hon. Linda R. Reade See Rating Details
Unfortunately demonstrated herself to be a big anti Semite and a unfair judge.

Other

Comment #: 21677
Rating:Not Rated
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The Judge is very smart. The problem is when the Judge meets with prosecutors prior to trial. This is what happened in the Rubashkin case. Freedom of information Act revealed that Reade secretly was meeting with prosecutors for 10 months. Reade says that it was only to prepare the courts for the case. Obtained emails show otherwise.

Maybe you could appeal her judgment? Not really. Just before the appeal on her 27 year conviction - she was sitting on other cases with 2 of the 3 appellate judges.

In my opinion, a judge should not secretly meet with prosecutors and should not meet with the appellate judges.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21635
Rating:2.0
Comments:
She does not belong on the bench. Her legal rulings and sentences are arbitrary and bizarre. She is obviously a prosecutor with a robe, who blatantly displays contempt towards defendants. I have zero confidence in this judge.

Other

Comment #: 21553
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This woman is an embarrassment to our judicial system. She is rude, clearly has her mind made up without hearing both sides, and ignores true facts. She is a prosecutor with a robe on. She takes pride in destroying people's lives, especially the lives of people who are not criminals. Some day she will be held to the same standard of judgement that she has given innocent people. She is a complete embarrassment.

Other

Comment #: 21404
Rating:10.0
Comments:
She was rude, and did not appear to have read all of the facts. She appeared to have her mind made up in advance. She gives the maximum sentence most of the time, even when it is a first offense. She makes a person very disappointed in our federal system.

Other

Comment #: 21292
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This is the worst judge ever! She is biased towards the prosecution, and has her mind made up before sentencing. She will dismiss any true facts, and strives to get the maximum sentence, regardless of the circumstances. If she had it her way, she would give everyone life sentences.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21098
Rating:3.6
Comments:
Judge Reade has clearly made up her mind before donning her robe. She is intransigent and haughty. She enjoys seeing defendants in pain and lacks the guiding principles of fairness, attentiveness and open-mindedness a U.S. judge should have. Although I admire Senator Grassley, he should be upbraided for recommending her for her position as a District Judge.

Other

Comment #: 20931
Rating:Not Rated
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I am a defense-based expert witness. I have testified all over the country in many federal and local courts, and never have I ever seen a judge so blatantly rude and dismissive to the defense. Her demeanor, attitude and comments were rude. She is a prosecutor on the bench.

Prosecutor

Comment #: 20868
Rating:2.5
Comments:
Quick to the draw and no real interest in details of the case. This judge obviously has her mind made up before she runs the trial, and seems to view the proceedings as more of a nuisance than anything else.

Court Staff

Comment #: 20836
Rating:2.3
Comments:
In a word - arbitrary. If a defendant appears before Judge Reade on a bad day (and she has those about 70% of the time), she can ruin your life. There is a certain basic element of humanity missing in her courtroom, and many who have worked there consider Judge Reade incredibly rude.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 20755
Rating:2.2
Comments:
This is a judge who clearly has her mind made up before even entering the courtroom. Any legal argument advanced which may not support her preconceived notions is summarily dismissed. She rules by personal fiat and is extremely temperamental.
The Rubashkin case only highlighted what most Iowa attorneys have known for years: in Judge Reade's courtroom, due process is simply non-existent.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 20635
Rating:2.8
Comments:
I would move heaven & earth to avoid her courtroom unless my clients were male law enforcement officers, who in her eyes can do no wrong. She is disrespectful to litgants & attorneys and cares less about due process than keeping to the schedule. She is a nice person outside the courtroom.

Other

Comment #: 20151
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Reade is a very biased judge--especially if you go before her on a drug charge. [red. Ed.] Getting hooked on drugs is more a disease needing treatment NOT a prison sentence!! She wouldn't even let my son get a new lawyer and we find out 2 years later that he was probably high on coke at the time of the trial!! My son knew the lawyer was using because he recognized the signs but still couldn't get a different lawyer!! She has her mind made up on the sentence BEFORE she goes into the court room! How is this justified? She is totaly stricter than necessary. Where is the Innocent until proven guilty" at?? Not in her court room

Other

Comment #: 19393
Rating:9.0
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Our court system would be truly blessed if it had more judges like Linda Reade. She is fair to both sides, (both in praise and critism) and explains her decisions thoroughly. She wants things in her courtroom done right and in a timely manner. Most of all--she is one tough cookie and remains human without a big ego. She does her job, and does it well.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 19370
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A Manipulative lady.

Prosecutor

Comment #: 19229
Rating:Not Rated
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This blog is not a place to reference just one particular case. IE: Sigillito. But rather for law professionals to detail their opinion of Judge Reade's conduct as a whole.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 19209
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Sigillito deserved every thing he got, he ruin a lot of peoples live without giving it a second thought.

Other

Comment #: 19203
Rating:Not Rated
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I wrote my opinion of Hon. Judge Linda R. Reade before I read the adverse opinions herein listed; however, many of those adverse opinions appear to be submitted as a result of a stiff sentence issued in one criminal case. My original opinion remains. Criminals that steal life savings of retired people deserve the most harsh penalties allowed. Keep up the good work Judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 19194
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Reade is a very dedicated jurist. She is very knowledgeable about the facts and the law and her opinions are more thorough than those issues by the appellate courts. Even when you loose a motion, you know why factually and legally, and can respect the effort that was taken to understand your point of view, even if you disagree.

Other

Comment #: 19192
Rating:9.0
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I set at 30 day trial in Judge Riede's court room and found her to be expertly knowledgable, fair to both sides, precise in scheduled timing. She was firm but fair in her courtroom.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 19188
Rating:2.0
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Over the past 40 years, I have appeared in at least 14 different United States District Courts, many of which included multiple different judges. Judge Reade is by far the most-government oriented, unfair, mean-spirited and vindictive judge I have ever appeared before. She has no business being on the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 19158
Rating:1.0
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After reviewing a few of her judgement she made I have no words !!
Is this what the freedom of the United States Of America is all about ???
This is really not what I was expecting from a USA judge, this sounds rather like a middle east, poor, unlawful country!

Other

Comment #: 18342
Rating:1.0
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For comment # 18338
You obviously have no idea of some of the ruthless, unfair, unrealistic rulings Judge Reade has done. She takes the law and "Relaxes" it when she feel like and "heavily in forces" without considering all of the factors on other times. She should not be on the bench. She is an embarassment to our judicial system.

Other

Comment #: 18341
Rating:Not Rated
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For Comment # 18338. The opinions speak for themselves. It is apparent you have no real knowledge on how Judge Reade presides over criminal cases.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18338
Rating:10.0
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Having appeared before Judge Reade during the past two years, I find that she is very intelligent, she issues decisions promptly, and her decisions are well reasoned. Even when she issues a decision adverse to your clients, she will give her reasons. I recognize that Judge Reade will issue lengthy criminal sentences; however, she will give a criminal defendant every opportunity during the trial. The harsh comments on this site do a disservice to her intelligence and dedication on the bench. I wish all judges had the same work ethic, and intelligence as Judge Reade does.

Court Staff

Comment #: 17827
Rating:1.0
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Judge Reade gets pleasure from seeing other people in pain, she loves seating in her robe and looking on the person while sending him to jail, I cant believe she is still judge its a digrace for the USA

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 12521
Rating:Not Rated
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Judge Reade shoots from the hip, seems ignorant of most case precedent, and conducts her courtroom like an incompetent child. Her decisions will be temperamental and arbitrary, and she has no shame in openly favoring the prosecution. In 30 years arguing in 6 different districts, I have never seen such an obviously out-of-control judge.
What a disgrace.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 12503
Rating:8.3
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I disagree with the prior comments. Although she is slightly titled toward the government, she gives me the impression of being fair. My experience is limited but what I see I like.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 12351
Rating:1.0
Comments:
she not a good judge.
Judge Reade's has permanately damaged her record and reputation as a judge by showing her bias and partiality against Mr. Sholom Rubashkin.

Other

Comment #: 12306
Rating:1.0
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This Judge does not belong on the stand. She is am embarassement to the US Government. It is clear that she does not see any good in anyone. She is suppose to be a mediator but instead she is a prosecutor, the jury and the judge. She does what she wants regardless of the law...she tends to "relax" the law whenever she decides.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 11921
Rating:2.4
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Having appeared before Ms. Reade four times, I can only say that she behaves as a prosecutor wearing a robe. Every colleague I have spoken with who has appeared before her is of the same opinion.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 11890
Rating:Not Rated
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This is a judge who clearly has her mind made up before even entering the courtroom. Any legal argument advanced which may not support her preconceived notions is summarily dismissed. Rules by personal fiat and extremely temperamental.
The Rubashkin case only highlighted what most IA attorneys have known for years- in Judge Reade's courtroom, due process is a fantasy.

Other

Comment #: 11889
Rating:1.0
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Being a harsh judge who is known to mete out punishments to the fullest extent of the law is not necessarily a bad thing, already ratified deals prior to a single lawyer even talking to his or her client is direct violation of Rule 11 plea procedure, which provides that ‘the court must not participate in these plea discussions.”
Judge Reade's has permanately damaged her record and reputation as a judge by showing her bias and partiality against Mr. Sholom Rubashkin.

Other

Comment #: 11744
Rating:Not Rated
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Outstanding jurist who runs a tight ship and holds both sides feet to the fire. Firm but fair, believes in sentencing guidelines and not swayed by liberal opinions when it comes to sentencing. We need more like her!!

Probation or Pretrial Officer

Comment #: 11545
Rating:2.6
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She has her mind made up before she ever looks a defandant in the eye. She is so hardened by her career that she fails to see the good in anyone. It is easy to tell she is a bitter, unhappy older woman with no family.