Hon. John F. Walter See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
C.D.Cal.  
Average Rating:3.9 - 27 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. John F. Walter


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Other

Comment #: 21549
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is prejudiced and ignorant. He refuses to admit bona fide evidence, and prejudges without listening to all of the evidence. He should not be a judge.

Other

Comment #: 21515
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He is a horrible judge. His sentencing is harsh, he refuses to listen to all sides, he refuses to allow the testimony of licensed psychiatrists, and his sentencing is very disproportionate to the charges. He is very influenced by prestige and wealth. He is inflexible, intolerant and ignorant regarding underlying psychiatric illnesses. His sentences are harsher than those recommended by the prosecutors. He goes out of his way to be more punitive than he is required to be by law, to the point of prisoner abuse.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21348
Rating:8.7
Comments:
This judge is getting an excessively bad rap. In our case, he was extremely well-read and had obviously given a great deal of thought to the sentence. We didn't get quite what we were hoping for, but he was fair, and he explained his reasoning in a way that showed his grasp of the case and the issues. No one could reasonably call his sentence unfair in our case.

Litigant

Comment #: 18721
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Anderson and Judge Walter are half-brothers? I agree. First Judge Walter hijacked our criminal case from another judge, and refused to recuse himself as biased. He was, since he'd ruled against us on the Civil part of the same case. I appeared before both of them in this case. Mainly, after Judge Walter could not appear for a bail hearing, he assigned Judge Percy Anderson. It was clear why during that brief encounter, where Anderson sat with his back turned to us for the entire time?

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 18524
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Nasty, arbitrary, right-wing, former proseuctor, who should not be a judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18296
Rating:1.0
Comments:
One of the worst Judges I ever appeared before. Totally gutted the Plaintiff's case based on a complete ignorance of the law, notwithstanding that it was described in great detail to him in the Plaintiff's briefs. He would not even give the Defendant the stanbdard 30 day extension for responding to the complain claiming that there was no good cause. If you appear before him be warned, even if the law is on your side that will likely have nothing to do with how this judge rules.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13844
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Walter allowed a govt atty to violate all the rules, let her seek continuances when she wanted to, let her violate the requirements of a Rule 37 motion to compel over and over again, and get this: HE LET HER HAVE 159 DAYS WORTH OF CONTINUANCES TO FILE HER MSJ. She stated under oath she was being paid $270.00/hr OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO DEFEND THE CASE IN THIS FASHION. The motion to dismiss was denied. Based on the identical facts in the complaint and law on which the motion to dismiss was denied, he granted summary judgment (all the facts necessary to defeat S.J. were actually proven by Defense Counsel in her MSJ Stmt of Facts)!! In four years of litigation, he never held a hearing. So, a judge my client and I have never met, never seen, and never heard threw his case out.
In another case, for a defendant who ran a pimping operation, I sued him under RICO. J. Walter ordered a RICO stmt. Then when I was late with the RICO stmt, because I miscalendared he threw out the entire RICO claim with prejudice. --And I have not even served the defendants. The four year old case also involved a RICO claim, but he did not order a RICO stmt. His local local rules completely vitiate the purpose of efiling which is to level the playing field for attorneys representing plaintiffs. His technical requirements violate the General Order on efiling which is a denial of due process to plaintiffs and their attorneys running their cases on a shoe string.
Funny thing is that I never met the judge because he never allowed a hearing.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13251
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This man knows nothing of justice. Arrogant, self righteous jerk. Stay as far away from him as you can.

Other

Comment #: 11956
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Walter gave me a 13 month probation violation for using a cell phone in the halfway house. While it was against halfway house rules, I had 2 weeks left on federal supervision, and he put me in there to stay in school in the first place to finish my bachelor's degree. Instead of being able to do that, he warehoused me in federal prison for 13 months, pulling the rug out from under me and leaving me in a horrible situation now a year later.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11863
Rating:1.0
Comments:
When a judge ranks as low as Walter with so many reviewers, you know it is his personal qualities that are at fault rather than people merely unhappy with his substantive rulings. Judge Walter is simply arrogant and has lost sight of the fact he is a public servant charged with doing justice. He is fixated upon his own rules and procedural technicalities and is very inflexible. As noted by others, stipulations and agreements between counsel that would be compeletely accepable to his colleagues on the bench are rejected by him. A sad reflection of ego run rampant. While I'm sure he prides himself (note "prides') on running a tight ship, he cares not for the impact of his procedural rulings on the litigants and public which he is supposed to serve. Very unfortunate.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 11659
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Horridly biased in favor of corporate defendants sued for illegal conduct.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 11484
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Beware! Judge Walter never sleeps. Nobody will know the case better than the judge. If you are incompetent or unprepared you will find yourself angry and posting silly comments on this site. Instead of taking responsibility you will call him discourteous and be hurt by his abusive tone, you will call him names and point the finger at him. Grow up people; get it together. A highly intelligent, honest, and capable judge (even if Bush appointed him).

Other

Comment #: 10488
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Worst judge I have ever had the displeasure to work with. Very short temper and irrational decisions. His communication skills are on par with that of a 6th grade playground bully. This man should be removed from the bench - am dissapointed with Bush for this appointment.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 10014
Rating:9.8
Comments:
He is simply the best Federal Judicial Judge in the Circuit. He is a pleasure to appear before. He is honest, dry sense of humor, and knows what is going on in the real world.

Probation or Pretrial Officer

Comment #: 9942
Rating:2.0
Comments:
This jurist is a horrorshow of unreasonable expectations, inflexible routine and abusive tone.

Litigant

Comment #: 9617
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Terrible, what can one expect being a Bush appointee. Saw this guy in the local law library, and he is very discourteous even toward the librarians. This guy really needs to retire, and permanently from the bench so that he can take up fishing or whatever, but as for any kind of respect for the law..forget about it.

Litigant

Comment #: 9517
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Even though diligently prepared he can't follow his own standing orders, and violates the federal rules of civil procedure.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8878
Rating:2.0
Comments:
One need only look at the comments presented. This is not justice as we know it. It is Judge Walters own brand of justice. When given the opportunity to do the right thing he passed then delivered a decision that endeared him to his clique. If your issue is at all complex, go elsewhere or suffer. Not worthy of the robe.
Is it true that his 1/2 brother sits on the same bench? Our courts have become much like the royal family, too many relatives and spouses. Time to fix it before it's too late.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8736
Rating:1.0
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The Hon. John F. Walter is inflexible, follows his own local local rules, and generally makes life extremely difficult for the attorneys who practice before him. He has repeatedly denied joint stipulations filed by counsel for all of the parties that virtually every other Judge in the Central District would have granted as a matter of course. Sadly, I completely agree with the comment below that Judge Walter would rather follow his own petty rules (some of which run contrary to the FRCP) than render justice.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5959
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Petty, petulant and intellectually dishonest, this judge cares not one bit about justice. Plays favorites with his old lawyer friends. Just an awful judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5303
Rating:2.7
Comments:
Nothing good to say.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5234
Rating:9.3
Comments:
Very smart and industrious. One who is knowledgable and well-prepared should do well before him. An unprepared or uninformed lawyer will not do well. Nobody will know the case better than the judge. Works long hours.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4978
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge is more interested in all the petty rules and punctuality than in justice, which he couldn't define if someone asked him. This former federal prosecutor has no heart and shouldn't be allowed to remain on the bench. He is lazy, pompous, and takes the position that everyone, except himself, is always wrong.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4928
Rating:2.4
Comments:
I had him for one case where the defense lied to me and failed to produce critical documents proving liability in my initial rule 34 request, saying none existed. Then, in a deposition the witness proved the existence of the documents and I filed a motion with the magistrate which was granted. But the defense had already filed a MSJ and I got the documents report the day after my response was filed. He refused my motions to modify the scheduling order to allow sufficient time to get the report after the magistrate ordered it, denied motions to reschedule the MSJ, forced me to work all through the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays on Rule 16 trial preparation stuff, and on the day of the hearing on the MSJ, on January 3, issued an order that the defense had indeed "stonewalled" the discovery and reopened discovery, which he could have done when I first asked for it. He was a real jerk. Another pro-government Bush appointee with little regard for civil or human rights. Very disorganized and seemingly did little reading in the early part of the case.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4495
Rating:7.7
Comments:
Good trial judge and not a bad sentencer. Denies defense motions but can explain why and reasoning is good. His downside is scheduling. It is extremaly difficult to get a continuance and enough time to adequately prepare.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4480
Rating:8.8
Comments:
Walter is very smart which makes him a control freak; he is unwilling to let lawyers who know what they're doing try the case. Denies defense motions routinely, but not cavalierly--actually does the research and understands the issues. Terribly inflexible in scheduling, even in cases where the sentencing consequences are horrible and counsel show good cause for continuance.