Judge Susan Webber Wright
September 2012: Median Prison Sentence
District Court - Arkansas East
Referring Agency: Department of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms
For all cases disposed of in the current fiscal year (2012) that were credited to Judge Susan Webber Wright in the Eastern District of Arkansas, the median prison sentence was 57.0 months, when looking only at cases referred by the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms. During the current fiscal year, Judge Susan Webber Wright has sentenced 9 defendants compared with 4 defendants during the twelve months of the previous fiscal year. Judge Susan Webber Wright's service terminated on December 1, 1990, due to statutory reassignment of judg.
Over the last five years, the median prison sentence imposed on defendants that were credited to Judge Wright was 51.0 months. This was 10.9% higher than the 46.0 months typical in Arkansas East and 10.5% lower than the 57.0 months median prison sentence for the nation. Judge Susan Webber Wright sentenced 38 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 Wright'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 6 other judges in the Eastern District of Arkansas with information on convictions during that period. Median prison sentence numbers passed down for those judges ranged from 31.5 months to 60.0 months, putting Judge Wright's median prison sentence of 51.0 months at the higher end of the range. The median prison sentence for the whole Eastern District of Arkansas during that time was 46.0 months.
Born 1948 in Texarkana, AR
Federal Judicial Service
Judge, U. S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas
Nominated by George H.W. Bush on September 21, 1989, to a seat vacated by Elsijane Trimble Roy; Confirmed by the Senate on January 23, 1990, and received commission on January 24, 1990. Service terminated on December 1, 1990, due to statutory reassignment of judges.
Judge, U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
Nominated by George H.W. Bush on September 21, 1989, to a seat vacated by Elsijane Trimble Roy; Confirmed by the Senate on January 23, 1990, and received commission on January 24, 1990. Served as chief judge, 1998-2005.
Randolph-Macon Woman's College, B.A., 1970
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, M.P.A., 1973
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville School of Law, J.D., 1975
Law clerk, Hon. J. Smith Henley, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1975-1976
Faculty, University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, 1976-1990
Assistant professor and assistant dean, 1976-1978
Associate professor, 1980-1983
Research assistant, Arkansas Constitutional Convention, 1979
Visiting assistant professor, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville School of Law, 1980
Visiting associate professor, Ohio State University College of Law, 1981
Visiting associate professor, Louisiana State University Law Center, 1982-1983
Program Areas of Cases Handled
Cases disposed of by Judge Susan Webber Wright for the past five years fell into a number of broad categories. The lead category for these cases was Weapons accounting for 84.2% of cases.
Other major categories with substantial numbers of cases that were disposed by Judge Susan Webber Wright over the past five years were: Withheld by Govt from TRAC (13.2%).
Program Area Judge District US Weapons 84.2% 73.5% 69.5% More Not specified 13.2% 23.9% 7.6% Other 2.6% 0.4% 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 Susan Webber Wright for the past five years was "18 USC 922 - Firearms; Unlawful acts". It accounted for 76.3% of all cases.
Other lead charges with substantial numbers of cases that were disposed by Judge Susan Webber Wright over the past five years were: "Withheld by govt from TRAC (FOIA challenge pending)" (13.2%), "18 USC 924 - Firearms; Penalties" (7.9%).
Lead Charge Judge District US 18 USC 922 - Firearms; Unlawful acts 76.3% 62.8% 60.6% More Not specified 13.2% 23.9% 7.6% 18 USC 924 - Firearms; Penalties 7.9% 5.6% 4.6% 18 USC 842 - Explosives - Importation, manufacture, etc 2.6% 0.4% 0.2%
Table 3: Composition of Cases for the Past Five Years (Top 10)
Number of Defendants in Judge Susan Webber Wright's Cases
Case Def. Sentence (Months) Sentencing Date Program Category 1 1 51.00 08/23/12 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details 2 1 57.00 08/02/12 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details 3 1 115.00 07/06/12 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details 4 1 10.00 06/27/12 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details 5 1 63.00 05/03/12 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details 6 1 12.00 04/05/12 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details 7 1 71.00 03/14/12 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details 8 1 0.00 02/09/12 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details 9 1 63.00 02/02/12 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details
Table 4: Individual Cases and Defendants Disposed of in Current Fiscal Year