Judge Martin Leach-Cross Feldman
September 2012: Average Prison Sentence
District Court - Louisiana East
Referring Agency: Department of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms
For all cases disposed of in the current fiscal year (2012) that were credited to Judge Martin Leach-Cross Feldman in the Eastern District of Louisiana, the average prison sentence was 311.8 months, when looking only at cases referred by the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms. This number is 144.7% higher than the average prison sentence for all the Eastern District of Louisiana matters disposed in the same period. At the same time, the judge's average prison sentence was 322.2% higher than the typical 2012 sentence for the nation as a whole. During the current fiscal year, Judge Martin Leach-Cross Feldman has sentenced 10 defendants compared with 3 defendants during the twelve months of the previous fiscal year.
Focusing on a five-year period, the average prison sentence imposed on defendants that were credited to Judge Feldman was 183.8 months. This was 71.2% higher than the 107.3 months typical in Louisiana East and 131.1% higher than the 79.5 months average prison sentence for the nation. Judge Martin Leach-Cross Feldman sentenced 37 defendants during the past five years.
(CAUTION: The kinds of cases handled by individual judges influences statistical information about their sentences. It therefore is important to consider the breakdown of cases that each has handled, available below, when making judge-by-judge comparisons.)
Figure 1 compares Judge Feldman's numbers to those for judges in this district and in the United States as a whole for cases of this type over the last five years.
During the last five years there were 10 other judges in the Eastern District of Louisiana with information on convictions during that period. Average prison sentence numbers passed down for those judges ranged from 60.7 months to 205.0 months, putting Judge Feldman's average prison sentence of 183.8 months at the higher end of the range. The average prison sentence for the whole Eastern District of Louisiana during that time was 107.3 months.
Born 1934 in St. Louis, MO
Federal Judicial Service
Judge, U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
Nominated by Ronald Reagan on September 12, 1983, to a seat vacated by Jack M. Gordon; Confirmed by the Senate on October 4, 1983, and received commission on October 5, 1983.
Tulane University, B.A., 1955
Tulane Law School, J.D., 1957
U.S. Army Reserve captain, JAG Corps, 1957-1963
Law clerk, Hon. John Minor Wisdom, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1957-1959
Private practice, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1959-1983
Program Areas of Cases Handled
Cases disposed of by Judge Martin Leach-Cross Feldman for the past five years fell into a number of broad categories. The lead category for these cases was Weapons accounting for 89.2% of cases.
Other major categories with substantial numbers of cases that were disposed by Judge Martin Leach-Cross Feldman over the past five years were: Narcotics/Drugs (5.4%), Other (5.4%).
Program Area Judge District US Weapons 89.2% 72.1% 69.5% More Narcotics/Drugs 5.4% 17.5% 17.7% Other 5.4% 6.4% 3.4%
Table 2: Composition of Cases for the Past Five Years (Top 10)
Lead Charges in Cases Handled
The lead charge with the most cases disposed of by Judge Martin Leach-Cross Feldman for the past five years was "18 USC 922 - Firearms; Unlawful acts". It accounted for 91.9% of all cases.
Other lead charges with substantial numbers of cases that were disposed by Judge Martin Leach-Cross Feldman over the past five years were: "21 USC 841 - Drug Abuse Prevention & Control-Prohibited acts A" (5.4%).
Lead Charge Judge District US 18 USC 922 - Firearms; Unlawful acts 91.9% 67.5% 60.6% More 21 USC 841 - Drug Abuse Prevention & Control-Prohibited acts A 5.4% 12.9% 10.8% 18 USC 1512 - Tampering with a witness, victim, or an informant 2.7% 0.4% 0.1%
Table 3: Composition of Cases for the Past Five Years (Top 10)
Number of Defendants in Judge Martin Leach-Cross Feldman's Cases
Case Def. Sentence (Months) Sentencing Date Program Category 1 1 87.00 05/16/12 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details 2 1 87.00 03/07/12 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details 3 1 64.00 02/08/12 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details 4 6 1200.00 01/11/12 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details 4 3 240.00 11/22/11 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details 4 4 300.00 11/22/11 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details 4 5 240.00 11/16/11 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details 4 7 180.00 11/16/11 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details 4 1 360.00 11/09/11 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details 4 2 360.00 11/09/11 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details
Table 4: Individual Cases and Defendants Disposed of in Current Fiscal Year