Judge Mary A. McLaughlin
September 2012: Median Prison Sentence
District Court - Pennsylvania East
Lead Charge: 18 USC 371 - Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud US
For all cases disposed of in the current fiscal year (2012) that were credited to Judge Mary A. McLaughlin in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the median prison sentence was 18.0 months, when looking only at cases with a lead charge of "18 USC 371 - Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud US". This number is 49.6% higher than the median prison sentence for all the Eastern District of Pennsylvania matters disposed in the same period. At the same time, the judge's median prison sentence was 24.1% higher than the typical 2012 sentence for the nation as a whole. During the current fiscal year, Judge Mary A. McLaughlin has sentenced 19 defendants compared with 13 defendants during the twelve months of the previous fiscal year.
Focusing on a five-year period, the median prison sentence imposed on defendants that were credited to Judge McLaughlin was 3.0 months. This was 81.3% lower than the 16.0 months typical in Pennsylvania East and 75.1% lower than the 12.0 months median prison sentence for the nation. Judge Mary A. McLaughlin sentenced 42 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 McLaughlin'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 26 other judges in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania with information on convictions during that period. Median prison sentence numbers passed down for those judges ranged from 0.0 months to 59.5 months, putting Judge McLaughlin's median prison sentence of 3.0 months at the lower end of the range. The median prison sentence for the whole Eastern District of Pennsylvania during that time was 16.0 months.
Born 1946 in Philadelphia, PA
Federal Judicial Service
Judge, U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Nominated by William J. Clinton on March 13, 2000, to a seat vacated by Marvin Katz; Confirmed by the Senate on May 24, 2000, and received commission on May 31, 2000.
Gwynedd-Mercy College, B.A., 1968
Bryn Mawr College, M.A., 1969
University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1976
Law clerk, Hon. Stanley Brotman, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1976-1977
Private practice, 1977-1980
Assistant U.S. attorney, District of Columbia, 1980-1984
Assistant professor, Vanderbilt University School of Law, 1984-1986
Private practice, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1986-2000
Adjunct professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1988
Adjunct professor, Rutgers University School of Law, 1989
Chief counsel, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Government, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate, 1995
Program Areas of Cases Handled
Cases disposed of by Judge Mary A. McLaughlin for the past five years fell into a number of broad categories. The lead category for these cases was White Collar Crime accounting for 35.7% of cases.
Other major categories with substantial numbers of cases that were disposed by Judge Mary A. McLaughlin over the past five years were: National Internal Security/Terrorism (19.0%), Immigration (14.3%), Weapons (14.3%), Government Regulatory (9.5%), Other (7.1%).
Program Area Judge District US White Collar Crime 35.7% 46.3% 48.1% More National Internal Security/Terrorism 19.0% 2.3% 1.3% Immigration 14.3% 6.2% 7.5% Weapons 14.3% 11.7% 5.9% Government Regulatory 9.5% 12.6% 11.9% Other 7.1% 15.4% 17.4%
Table 2: Composition of Cases for the Past Five Years (Top 10)
Lead Investigative Agencies in Cases Handled
The lead investigative agency that referred cases disposed of by Judge Mary A. McLaughlin for the past five years was the Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation. It accounted for 42.9% of all cases.
Other agencies with substantial numbers of cases that were disposed by Judge Mary A. McLaughlin over the past five years were: Postal Service (21.4%), Homeland Security - Citizen and Immigration Services (11.9%), Homeland Security - Secret Service (formerly Treasury) (9.5%), Treasury - Internal Revenue Service (9.5%).
Agency Judge District US Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation 42.9% 39.4% 29.7% More Postal Service 21.4% 12.2% 10.9% Homeland Security - Citizen and Immigration Services 11.9% 0.8% 0.1% Homeland Security - Secret Service (formerly Treasury) 9.5% 19.8% 17.6% Treasury - Internal Revenue Service 9.5% 5.7% 7.8% Homeland Security - formerly coded Justice (Immigration and Naturalization) 2.4% 0.3% 0.1% Justice - Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (formerly Treasury) 2.4% 8.1% 6.3%
Table 3: Composition of Cases for the Past Five Years (Top 10)
Number of Defendants in Judge Mary A. McLaughlin's Cases
Case Def. Sentence (Months) Sentencing Date Program Category 1 1 14.00 09/13/12 Counterfeiting and Forgery Details 2 1 0.00 09/06/12 Fraud-Tax Details 3 1 102.00 08/30/12 Fraud-Identity Theft-Aggravated Details 3 2 94.00 08/30/12 Fraud-Identity Theft-Aggravated Details 4 1 128.00 08/09/12 Bank Robbery Details 1 4 10.00 08/01/12 Counterfeiting and Forgery Details 5 1 0.03 07/17/12 Fraud-Identity Theft-Aggravated Details 1 2 0.01 07/11/12 Counterfeiting and Forgery Details 1 3 18.00 07/10/12 Counterfeiting and Forgery Details 6 1 32.00 06/12/12 Fraud-Identity Theft-Aggravated Details 4 2 20.00 06/12/12 Bank Robbery Details 7 1 0.01 06/05/12 Fraud-Identity Theft-Aggravated Details 8 1 24.00 05/31/12 Fraud-Identity Theft-Aggravated Details 9 1 0.03 05/10/12 Fraud-Identity Theft-Aggravated Details 3 3 33.00 04/17/12 Fraud-Identity Theft-Aggravated Details 3 4 30.00 02/14/12 Fraud-Identity Theft-Aggravated Details 10 1 96.00 12/07/11 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details 11 1 12.03 12/06/11 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details 11 2 8.00 12/06/11 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details
Table 4: Individual Cases and Defendants Disposed of in Current Fiscal Year