Hon. Richard L. Voorhees See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
W.D.N.C.  
Average Rating:5.3 - 8 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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Other

Comment #: 22150
Rating:1.0
Comments:
How ironic and tragic it is when a judge becomes a criminal himself in service of the state's need to crush someone who's "crime" was to offer full content silver coins to people who wanted them. There was never any fraud. There was never any counterfeiting going on. No complaintss from the public.

The judge is just doing the dirty work of the real criminals, who relentlessly cheapen the dollar and can't stand the idea that people might choose an alternative store of value and medium of exchange.

All you need to know is that the not- honorable-at-all Richard Voorhees is willing to imprison a man who is completely innocent. At worst, even if you buy the government's convoluted "logic," he's guilty of a completely victimless crime.

How these statist thugs sleep at night is beyond me. I guess sociopaths are just wired differently.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21591
Rating:1.2
Comments:
He is totally incompetent.

Other

Comment #: 12116
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I am terribly saddened that this judge agreed to convict Bernard Von Nothaus for what seems to be the private, consensual act of owning/distributing full content silver coins. I was not involved in this case personally, but find it even more frightening that our government referred to Mr. Von Nothaus as a "domestic terrorist."

http://www.coinworld.com/articles/jury-convicts-von-nothaus-on-two-counts/

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 11882
Rating:6.5
Comments:
Good judge, but slow to rule on summary judgment motions. He will let you try your case without interruption and knows his rules of evidence. As an earlier poster noted, he can be trouble for plaintiffs because he has granted motions for directed verdict on several occasions.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 10204
Rating:5.8
Comments:
Great trial judge, but as the other posters noted, he has no desire -- NONE -- to rule on dispositive motions. Better to save the money, try the case, and move for a directed verdict at the close of both cases. Odds are that he will grant it. He is a plaintiff's lawyer's worst nightmare in that sense -- do all that billable work, go to trial, and then have him snatch the case, either before or after the verdict. Yes, he has and will do it.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 6833
Rating:4.8
Comments:
Nice guy and definitely runs a good trial, but he has absolutely no desire to do any written work, particularly if it is for a civil case. He took several months to rule on a basic motion for summary judgment, which he granted in part. The only time he showed any interest in the case was when he heard the motion for directed verdict which, amazingly, he granted. Why not just grant summary judgment in its entirety? I am still trying to figure that one out.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3703
Rating:7.1
Comments:
Very nice judge, very pleasant to work with. Good legal mind, top-tier integrity. Not the most industrious of judges I've practice in front of, but tries hard to be even-handed

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 2225
Rating:6.0
Comments:
Decent trial judge, but does a lousy judge ruling on basic motions for summary judgment. Leaves me with the impression he would simply like to try the case in 3-4 days instead of having to get his law clerk to crank out a written opinion for the judge to edit and enter.