Hon. William J. Martini See Rating Details
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Average Rating:4.6 - 6 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. William J. Martini



Comment #: 22961
We had this criminal lawyer turned one-term congressman who got appointed to a judgeship for our patent case. He's basically a mercurial, inconsistent guy who makes up his own rules, then breaks them later at his own whim. At our scheduling conference, he asked "who Mr. Markman is." Real property, intellectual property, it's the same with Martini. He's way slower than a typical federal judge, and not all that smart either.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21413
This judge is biased toward plaintiffs. He injects himself into cross-examinations during trial. He also barks at lawyers in front of jurors.


Comment #: 9742
Rating:Not Rated
As Hon. William J Martini supported Magen's Law. I guess he is one of the people we should all thank for harming thousands of the children in America now being held hostage and under siege for a crime of murder they didn't commit. These laws are not named or based on Bobby and Betty Sue were to young to fool around or little Johnny showed Debbie his wee wee. Thanks to Dishonorable William J. Martini misconstrued idea of justice, thousands upon thousands of these vulnerable children all across America can suffer the intended consequences of Megan's Law! And, Jacob's, Jessica's and now, Adam's. Thanks A LOT!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5329
He is not afraid to give a non-guideline sentence. Although I was hoping for a bigger break for a super-minimally-involved defendant, he imposed a below-guideline range in a substantial quantity drug case. He recognized the unique circumstances presented by my very sympathetic client and meted out justice accordingly, despite imposing a term of years. He rejected several other bases I obliquely advanced for a non-guideline sentence (since I was not permitted to do so by the plea agreement). He also found the co-defendant's CHC overrepresented the seriousness of his past conduct and sentenced him at the low end of the reduced guideline range. Despite these two seemingly defense -oriented sentences, he strikes me as a tough law-and-order sentencer. I gave him a four for scheduling because he runs a very fast criminal schedule from arraignment to scheduled trial.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4103
An absolute disaster. It is apparent he has never practiced law!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4032
Shockingly deficient in knowledge of the law. Habeas case was pending before him for months and months, yet when it came time to appear before him, it was apparent he had not briefed the facts, and had no understanding of the law. Myself and the AUSA had to spend the first 30 minutes giving him Habeas Corpus 101 instruction.