Tallahassee Judge Sworn in As Federal Judge

Tallahassee, FL - Circuit Judge Mark Walker has been confirmed as a federal judge and sworn in.

The U.S. Senate confirmed his nomination and President Barack Obama signed off on it December 7th. Walker was sworn in just hours later.

Tallahassee, FL -- February 16, 2012 -- U.S. Senator Bill Nelson's office confirms that Mark Walker has been nominated to the federal bench.

Press secretary Bryan Gulley says Walker must still be reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee and confirmed by the full senate.

Gulley says there is no clear timeline for that to happen and says it could take months.

Walker says he is not yet cleared to comment on the nomination.

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

Elissa F. Cadish, of Nevada, to be United States District Judge for the District of Nevada, vice Philip M. Pro, retired.

Paul William Grimm, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland, vice Benson Everett Legg, retiring.

Jill A. Pryor, of Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit, vice Stanley F. Birch, Jr., retired.

Mark E. Walker, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida, vice Stephan P. Mickle, retired.


Tallahassee Judge a Finalist for Federal Bench

UPDATED 8.2.2011 2:30pm by Julie Montanaro

Second circuit judge Mark Walker has just been named a finalist for a seat on the federal bench.

His name, along with those of Gary R. Jones and Monte C. Richardson, has been forwarded to Florida U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio for further consideration.

Walker says he is "very excited." He says he interviewed for the job on Friday in front of a panel of 22 people. Walker says he submitted an application that was "hundreds of pages long" back in June.

Walker was elected to the circuit bench in 2008. He spent the first two years in criminal court and has been in family court since then.

He presided over 75 felony trials in his first two years.

Walker is best known for presiding over the trials of Denielo Bradshaw and Andrea Green, who were convicted of kidnapping and killing TPD police informant Rachel Hoffman.

That case was important, he said, in that it showed the panel he could handle a high publicity death penalty case in his first year.

Walker says it could be months before a decision is made on who gets the job on the Northern District Bench.
Press Relase from Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission :


The Northern District Conference of the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission met in Tallahassee on July 29, 2011, to interview applicants for the position of U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Florida.

Pursuant to Rule 27 of the Commission's Rules of Procedure, three finalists have been named for the position of U.S. District Judge: Gary R. Jones, Monte C. Richardson and Mark E. Walker.

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  • by Bob in Tally on Feb 17, 2012 at 05:10 PM
    Ive litigated against Judge Walker before he became a judge and in his court after. He is a heck of a lawyer and a fair, thoughtful and intelligentjudge. He is scary smart and will be an outstanding federal judge.
  • by Janet on Feb 17, 2012 at 04:28 PM
    Anyone who speaks negatively about Judge Walker is clueless. Walker is a very caring, hard working judge. He thinks before ruling. And, for your info, plea agreements are worked out between the defense and state, NOT the judge. To blame him for THEIR decisions is unfair. Spend time in court observing Judge Walker. Then, you'll understand WHY he was nominated for the federal position. The man is brilliant. Of course, those on the wrong side of the law do tend to disagree. Congrats to him! He deserves it.
  • by Arete Location: Tallahassee on Feb 17, 2012 at 06:21 AM
    It actually is well deserved. I have known Judge Walker for about 18 years and am certain he will make a great federal judge. He is very bright and has a great demeanor. Not a raging liberal or a raging conservative. And he could make a great deal more money in private practice.
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      by ANON on Feb 17, 2012 at 01:39 PM in reply to Arete
      But to work in private practice you have to WORK. Can't just cowtoe to other attorneys and claim its your own work.
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        by Rita on Feb 17, 2012 at 04:30 PM in reply to ANON
        You think YOU could do the work this man does? To have the fate of others in your hands is a whole lot more than shuffling paper.
  • by Leon County on Feb 17, 2012 at 05:58 AM
    It actually is not well deserved. He was a Circuit Judge for all of a blink of an eye. He never was even at the District Level. He could care less of the cases he oversaw in Leon, and I say that as I watched him and listed to him repeatedly. He always had somewhere else to be, someone else to ruin. He is a career politician, seeking a seat. A raging liberal. If he did such a good job in the Rachel Hoffamsn case he would not have accepted any pleas and sentenced all invovled to life in prison or death and not allowed the lazy, cop out pleas of the SAO. Walker a Fed Judge is a joke and he knows it. He is probably laughing all the way to the bank.
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      by Steve on Feb 18, 2012 at 06:50 AM in reply to Leon County
      To be fair to Walker, TPD extraordinarily compromised their own case against Green and Bradshaw by contributing motive, opportunity, money and the weapon to the murder, effectively hiring the two as hit men, so there was never any hope or possibility of a death sentence in that case. And anyway, Judge Walker's role in the trial was not to mete out death. It was such a high profile case that it must have certainly influenced Walker's chances at the job.
  • by Susan on Feb 16, 2012 at 07:30 PM
    A very well-deserved nomination! Congratulations, Judge Walker.
  • by anon on Feb 16, 2012 at 04:09 PM
    That's too bad. He doesn't even come close in experience to those others that were nominated.
  • by oh man on Feb 16, 2012 at 03:31 PM
    I think having Bill Nelson's stamp of approval is like the kiss of death. He's going the same way as Alan Boyd - out of a job.
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