Hon. Margaret C. Rodgers See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
N.D.Fla.  
Average Rating:3.9 - 8 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%)
  Items marked with (*) are averaged into the displayed overall rating
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What others have said about Hon. Margaret C. Rodgers


Comments


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 19319
Rating:2.8
Comments:
She is doing some good things in her capacity as a federal judge regarding criminal rehabilitation efforts. The problem is she was unqualified to be a federal judge when appointed though she has mellowed and matured some since. She reasons to conclusions and has for example a reputation of ignoring Florida bad faith law in favor of her view of what the law should be.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18024
Rating:4.2
Comments:
Judge Rodgers appears to be a results-oriented pro-business judge. She freely ignores binding precedent in order to reach her desired result. Her legal reasoning, such as it is, tends to be an afterthought to justify her policy-oriented decision. She displays little intellectual integrity and is highly predictable in her rulings.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13817
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Lacks familiarity with cases before her. Does not read or understand filings that attorneys have labored over. Poor work ethic, not much sense of impartiality.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12970
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Was very slow to rule on or review motions. I was worried that this meant she was too busy and would want to get rid of cases to lighten her load. Sadly it seems I was right as my case was dismissed with sketch logic that did not add up at all. It is not consistent with case law and will not doubt be quoted time and time again in the near future by lawyers in similar cases. She twisted the law as far as she could to lighten her load.

Other

Comment #: 9098
Rating:1.0
Comments:
AS A FEDERAL JUDGE YOU HAVE TAKEN AN OATH TO UPHOLD THE LAWS OF THIS LAND AS THEY WERE WRITTEN IN 1776. WHY ARE YOU NOT DOING THAT? WE HAVE A RIGHT TO PRAY WHEN EVER WE WANT TO AND WHEN.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 6895
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Although she came to the bench without a great deal of trial experience she has worked hard at learning the job and has significantly improved. Industrious and fair, she is a good judge now and will be very good as she gathers experience.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 6131
Rating:1.3
Comments:
A silly prima donna who was nowhere near ready to become the country's youngest US district judge. She is a spoiled child who thinks that the whole process is about adulation for her and her "achievements".

A couple years ago, she was at a youth soccer game (she presumes to run the program as if it's under her jurisdiction...), she got gonged on the head by an errant ball, while she was absorbed in a cell phone conversation. The resulting torrent of obscenities and temper tantrum were totally inconsistent with the conduct we expect of even the least capable occupants of the federal bench. In front of her kids and many others, to boot.

Wholly unqualified for this position. Plain and simple, she needs to be impeached at the earliest opportunity.