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Hon. Paul G. Cassell

United States District Court for theDistrict of Utah


Paul G. Cassell is a judge on the United States District Court for the District of Utah. Judge Cassell has authored several notable opinions on this subject, including United States v. Croxford (the first opinion finding the Guidelines unconstitutional after Blakely) and United States v. Wilson (the first opinion interpreting the meaning of Booker). Before his appointment to the bench by President George W. Bush and his confirmation by the Senate, Judge Cassell was a Professor of Law at the University of Utah College of Law, where he taught criminal law and procedure, and evidence. He has published and lectured extensively on criminal procedure topics and has testified before Congress on criminal law and procedure matters. Judge Cassell formerly served as Associate Attorney General of the United States, Washington D.C., and as Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. After graduating from law school, Judge Cassell served as law clerk to Chief Justice of the Untied States Warren E. Burger and Judge Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He received his B.A. with distinction from Stanford University and his J.D. from Stanford University.