Hon. James O. Browning See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
D.N.M.  
Average Rating:8.9 - 4 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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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22035
Rating:10.0
Comments:
The judge you hope you get coming in from out of state. Good demeanor; works for the lawyers. Has enormous body of personal case law.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21751
Rating:8.5
Comments:
Holds a hearing and issues a written opinion -- usually 50-100 pages, not joking -- on all contested motions.

Civil:
*Does not get involved in settlement negotiations. At all. Believes that knowing about it will taint his judgment.
*Handles all discovery disputes and scheduling.

Criminal:
*I think he's pro-Government, but you rarely see it. He's patient and understanding with criminal defense lawyers, and kind to the defendants.
*He's a lenient sentencing judge, for a conservative, by which I mean (1) the Guidelines are draconian, and (2) he won't throw them out entirely, but will almost always sentence at the bottom of the range and often varies a level or two down.
*Follows the Gov't on 5K1.1s.
*Will do fast-track on reentry cases, but well-known to not be a fan of the way the program is administered.

General:
*Evidence decisions tend towards letting most stuff in.
*Relatedly, let's you make almost any argument that isn't straight-up nullification to the jury.
*Very good demeanor.
*Very smart; was a Supreme Court clerk and, I believe, #1 in his class at UVA.
*Takes FOREVER to get an opinion to you.
*Actually reviews the work of the magistrates on dispositives; which is good if the MJ ruled against you, bad if he ruled for you.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7563
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Very hardworking, very well-prepared, and an excellent demeanor. He remembers what it's like to be a practicing lawyer. This judge handles his own discovery and initial pretrial conferences in civil cases. Sometimes he gets behind in his work, as he tends to write long opinions.

Prosecutor

Comment #: 4346
Rating:7.3
Comments:
Too concerned about protecting his reversal rate and public image