Hon. Deborah K. Chasanow See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
D.Md.  
Average Rating:4.9 - 10 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%)
  Items marked with (*) are averaged into the displayed overall rating
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Litigant

Comment #: 22172
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Extremely biased, decides quickly and without evidence that she hates a case and works to destroy the litigants. Definitely a lifetime spent sucking the federal teat.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22152
Rating:1.0
Comments:
When she decides she doesn't like a case, she goes out of her way to break whatever rule is necessary. Having worked for the government in one capacity or another for her entire career, she's developed a sense of self-righteousness. She can be rude and condescending. Too bad she opted for semi-retirement instead of retirement.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 20860
Rating:3.2
Comments:
After finishing my first case in front of this judge, I hope it will be my last case. I won despite her evident bias. The genius of the jury system is that it allows us to bypass much of the nonsense of bad judges. She's been criticized in the past for poor scholarship, and a poster below attributes it to rushed decisions. I think she's just incompetent.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11796
Rating:4.3
Comments:
Intelligent with good instincts, but utterly overwhelmed by case load. Incapable of making decisions in a timely fashion -- even simple, routine decisions; even decisions that would move the case forward or move it toward settlement (and thus reduce her level of work). Most of her decisions tend to arrive just before March 31 or September 30 - the dates when the Administrative Office of the Courts checks to see how many pending motions judges have. Because the decisions are often rushed, the scholarship is frequently poor.

Other

Comment #: 10622
Rating:1.0
Comments:
From where I sit as an innocent investor in SBM which is being sued by the SEC, this judge isn''t doing a thing. For 5 years I, my mother, and I dont'' know how many others, have had no access to our own money, while she keeps saying no to letting this go to trial for resolution. The situation caused real, irrevocable suffering to my mother and serious problems for me. This judge seems to have taken no responsibility for managing this case at all and has now turned it over to a magistrate. (!!??) If she didn''t want to deal with it herself, why didn''t she turn it over years ago? She doesn''t seem up to the job. I suggest early retirement.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10517
Rating:5.3
Comments:
A good judge who issues very thoughtful detailed orders. Unfortunately she can be very slow in issuing these orders and suffers the filings of Pro Se litigants way too long before managing the situation. She might be able to move things on her docket faster if she scheduled in court room appearances rather than just waiting for the motions and pleadings to be filed. otherwise though a good and fair judge.

Other

Comment #: 7480
Rating:9.0
Comments:
I would rate her more highly but my exposure was limited to a single trial. If she manages jurors, litigants and attorneys this well every time she deserves a higher rating. She managed the jury and evidence exceptionally well with an excellent temperament, and gave the attorneys enough discretion while avoiding too much control. I agree with the comment that she was cogent, restrained, and understood the issues. I enjoyed being a part of her courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7366
Rating:7.3
Comments:
Very thoughtful judge. Ruled from the bench in a highly cogent and structured manner. Had a good grasp of the issues and the questions that needed to be asked. Also displayed conservative instincts insofar as she decided the matter (a preliminary injunction) on narrow grounds rather than the overarching constitutional grounds.

Other

Comment #: 6061
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
In 2001, this judge allowed an unfair trial to take place involving a female police officer accused of civil rights violations.The only crime that officer committed was releasing her police dog on a fleeing suspect. What the officer did followed Prince George County police procedures. Civil rights issues were involved because the suspect was Hispanic. Judge Chasonow allowed a kangaroo court to take place consisting of a partial minority jury sympathetic to illegal aliens and witnesses testifying against her who had nothing but hearsay statements that lacked authenticity. She sentenced the officer to ten years where previously she sentenced a woman to five years over a drunken manslaughter charge resulting in a park ranger's death. I believe this to be unfair sentencing on Judge Chasanow's part.