Judge Susan Webber Wright
September 2012: Average Prison Sentence
District Court - Arkansas East
Lead Charge: 18 USC 922 - Firearms; Unlawful acts
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 average prison sentence was 46.6 months, when looking only at cases with a lead charge of "18 USC 922 - Firearms; Unlawful acts". This number is 6.1% lower than the average prison sentence for all the Eastern District of Arkansas matters disposed in the same period. At the same time, the judge's average prison sentence was 28.7% lower than the typical 2012 sentence for the nation as a whole. During the current fiscal year, Judge Susan Webber Wright has sentenced 10 defendants compared with 5 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.
Focusing on a five-year period, the average prison sentence imposed on defendants that were credited to Judge Wright was 104.8 months. This was 65.8% higher than the 63.2 months typical in Arkansas East and 55.0% higher than the 67.6 months average prison sentence for the nation. Judge Susan Webber Wright 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 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. Average prison sentence numbers passed down for those judges ranged from 39.2 months to 62.1 months, putting Judge Wright's average prison sentence of 104.8 months at the higher end of the range. The average prison sentence for the whole Eastern District of Arkansas during that time was 63.2 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 91.9% of cases.
Other major categories with substantial numbers of cases that were disposed by Judge Susan Webber Wright over the past five years were: Narcotics/Drugs (8.1%).
Program Area Judge District US Weapons 91.9% 95.2% 94.7% More Narcotics/Drugs 8.1% 3.2% 2.8%
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 Susan Webber Wright for the past five years was the Justice - Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (formerly Treasury). It accounted for 78.4% of all cases.
Other agencies with substantial numbers of cases that were disposed by Judge Susan Webber Wright over the past five years were: Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation (10.8%), Homeland Security - Immigration and Customs Enforcement (5.4%).
Agency Judge District US Justice - Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (formerly Treasury) 78.4% 77.8% 82.1% More Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation 10.8% 5.8% 4.7% Homeland Security - Immigration and Customs Enforcement 5.4% 10.6% 3.1% Justice - Drug Enforcement Administration 2.7% 3.7% 1.6% Other - State/Local Authorities 2.7% 1.1% 4.6%
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 10 1 24.00 01/31/12 Drugs-Organized Crime Task Force Details
Table 4: Individual Cases and Defendants Disposed of in Current Fiscal Year