Hon. Marilyn L. Huff See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
S.D.Cal.  
Average Rating:4.0 - 21 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. Marilyn L. Huff


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Other

Comment #: 22245
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She allows for entrapment and illegal acts by the Government on Conspiracy cases, allows "Cherry Picking" and lies by the AUSA's or U.S. Attorney's, excludes critical evidence for the Defense, doesn't understand complicated laws or "Illegal" wire tapping defendants thru criminal aliens who are Felons under FBI supervision, allows the lying convicted felony criminal aliens to testify AFTER the AUSA LIED about locating the witness in violation of the 6th Amendment.Allowing altered and tampered documents blacklisting a criminal alien informant who's only motive is to lie to get a Green Card.Most Judges would have dismissed this type of case with the LIES by the Government(AUSA) and charged the AUSA with criminal misconduct.The defendant was NOT allowed to talk tot he Grand Jury. A Government "informant"(criminal Felon alien) Can NOT solicit or participate in any alleged crimes and have a defendant set up or charged with a Conspiracy!!That is against the law!Otherwise, the Government is complicit in that alleged crime as well.

Other

Comment #: 21659
Rating:1.0
Comments:
In her courtroom, the defendant is guilty even before the trial starts.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 20834
Rating:5.5
Comments:
She seems to favor plaintiffs. She appears to have difficulty with complex legal issues and subtleties in the law. If she forms an opinion, nothing will change her mind - whether the law is on your side or the facts.

Other

Comment #: 18266
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Has reviewed Medicare/HMO Appeals,
and favored the US HHS in each review
with no consideration of the facts substantiated by the
Plaintiffs. In each review found a different reason to uphold the Defendant. Not good for the little guy!

Other

Comment #: 12924
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Criminal Case(Conspiracy with informant who is an illegal alien convicted of LYING to set up other law enforcement officials) should have been dismissed due to a violation of "Fruits of the poisonous tree doctrine", key witness was an "illegal alien" CONVICTED FELON for setting up other Customs officials up and admitted lying and was convicted in 1996. Lied again several times to get a green card as his motivation, witness tampering by the AUSA, Federal Agents altered evidence, Judge failed to take any action. AUSA was "removed" for lying to this Judge, but not publicly. FBI Agent quit his career over this "criminal case", all kinds of inconsistencies. She even gave special Jury instructions NOT to consider the informant's information(which was used to get a Grand Jury Indictment), but the damage was already done and even complimented the defense attorney on a good job of "destroying the witness", but the Judge still refused to dismiss this case. The defendant was a former law enforcement official who was a known "whistle-blower" with over 25 years experience and had a very credible background and a very high success rate on drugs cases he originated to this court. However, with the government's involvement in the Drug War, it cancels out all objectivity and it was purely a Political case against a whistle-blower.

Even now, the FBI has FAILED to return a computer and other personal property for over 4 years and the court has done nothing to correct the wrongs done by the corrupt Judicial system and U.S. Attorney's under her jurisdiction. It appears the U.S. Attorney's are allowed to LIE, cheat and steal. Looking to have a 2255 filed, but have no real attorney.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10225
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge never stopped being a lawyer. Example: she uses her position to advocate against Spanish speakers ripped off by crooked loan companies who seek redress in the courts without regard for statutes or judicial opinions. She goes out of her way to write unnecessary deterimental opinions in circumstances such as when a party merely seeks leave to file an amended pleading. This Judge favors politically connected elite local firms and punishes attorneys and their clients who file types of lawsuits she does not favor. This judge will unnecessarily dismiss an entire lawsuit with prejudice when there exist viable state claims that can be litigated in the State Courts where in similiar cases her collegues on the bench dismiss the federal claims and refuse to extend jurisdiction on the state claims leaving access to the courts open to the litigant. Such action can only be designed to delibrately harm the litigant and counsel. She believes that the Federal Court is reserved for big corporations and feels sorry for herself that she has a heavy case load. The worst judge in San Diego and a contrast to many of the other fine judges on the Federal bench

Other

Comment #: 10126
Rating:1.0
Comments:
During the past 6 years, Judgle Marilyn Huff has handled seven civil lawsuits involving intelluctual property issues focused primarily on trade dress and copyright claims initiated by one giant plaintiff. In each of the seven instances the suits were directly against small businesses. In my opinion, based upon my personal experience and observations, Judge Huff favored the plaintiff with skewed evidentiary rulings, unduly harsh bench verdicts and sometimes highly questionable wording in jury questions. She seems to have difficulty understanding, and openly questioned "hard" accounting numbers in the evidence regarding the difference between gross sales and gross profits, profit percentages, and industry averages--at least in one of the cases- and openly, and inappropriately, stated her opinion regarding the credibility and her skepticism of the accounting evidence.I would note that the evidence was virtually unchallenged by opposing counsel in limited cross examination. The hard fact is that Judge Huff clearly appeared to lack understanding of the subject matter and the evidence supporting it. Additionally, she seemed inconsistant in her decisions and rulings involving the distinctions between the concept of trade dress and copyright. In my opinion, she exhibits a strong bias in favor of this particular Plaintiff, which appears to be on a questionable and aggressive crusade to use the court in a preemptive strike aimed at restricting or destroying legitimate business enterprises which do not actually compete in Plaintiff's segment of the market, Regrettably, I believe she has a marginal understanding of the issues in these types of cases, demonstrates bias in favor of this particular plaintiff, and is unable to disern any suspect or questionable motives in their pattern of conduct. I feel she has "bought into" their approach to this particular pattern and type of litigation on these types of claims, and is now unable to evaluate each case on its own merits. It frankly appears to me that her courtoom is a sanctuary to the birds she likes, and hell to the efendants they have chosen.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8536
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She is pathetic. The fact that she is on the bench means we need to look closer at how judges are nominated.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7515
Rating:2.8
Comments:
This judge has no understanding of evidence. Once she picks a side, heaven help you if you are on the wrong side. Everything is admissible if it is from the side that she favors. Dreadful experience.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6621
Rating:4.0
Comments:
Had her for a complex civil case against the US Attorney General's office. Gave the AG's office every break in the book while hammering my case under the exact circumstances. Never want to litigate in her court again.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 6179
Rating:4.8
Comments:
This judge neither understands nor follows the Evidence Code. She allows evidence based on whether jurors would "find it interesting." She avoids conflict, and therefore cannot make the difficult decisions judges are supposed to make. She allowed opposing counsel to highlight exhibits and give to jury, and did not allow the government to do the same. She showed obvious bias in the courtroom. This judge makes one wish federal judges were not appointed for life.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6083
Rating:9.8
Comments:
She follows the law. She is fair and impartial.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5242
Rating:2.8
Comments:
Weak on evidence. Tendency to let everything in rather than make hard (and correct) decisions. Has the intellectual capacity to make the right call, but appears too lazy to do so. Appears to decide early which attorneys/parties she likes and exhibits clear bias. Makes up her mind before all the evidence is in. Makes inappropriate comments to jury regarding their verdicts. She is the worst judge in this district by far.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4187
Rating:4.3
Comments:
Would not let me present closing argument on all of my causes of action. I felt like a slave to the courtroom timing device. Evenhanded Judge but not up to speed on the nuances of Civil RICO.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4016
Rating:1.2
Comments:
This Judge lacks even the most basic understanding of the law. What's worse, she is so afraid to reveal her own ineptitude, that she feigns knowledge and almost always gets it wrong. Should be removed from the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3697
Rating:1.2
Comments:
The absolute worst judge on this otherwise good bench!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 2574
Rating:2.9
Comments:
As soon as prosecutors began reporting judges for giving downward departures, she became a government hack. The only objection she understands is :"403, 403!" She is snippy, snippy, snippy.