Judge James Block Zagel
September 2012: Median Prison Sentence
District Court - Illinois North
Referring Agency: Department of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms
For all cases disposed of in the current fiscal year (2012) that were credited to Judge James Block Zagel in the Northern District of Illinois, the median prison sentence was 120.0 months, when looking only at cases referred by the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms. During the current fiscal year, Judge James Block Zagel has sentenced 8 defendants compared with 11 defendants during the twelve months of the previous fiscal year.
Over the last five years, the median prison sentence imposed on defendants that were credited to Judge Zagel was 90.0 months. This was 13.5% lower than the 104.0 months typical in Illinois North and 57.9% higher than the 57.0 months median prison sentence for the nation. Judge James Block Zagel sentenced 29 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 Zagel'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 Northern District of Illinois with information on convictions during that period. Median prison sentence numbers passed down for those judges ranged from 30.0 months to 222.0 months, putting Judge Zagel's median prison sentence of 90.0 months at the lower end of the range. The median prison sentence for the whole Northern District of Illinois during that time was 104.0 months.
Born 1941 in Chicago, IL
Federal Judicial Service
Judge, U. S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Nominated by Ronald Reagan on February 2, 1987, to a seat vacated by Frank J. McGarr; Confirmed by the Senate on April 21, 1987, and received commission on April 22, 1987.
University of Chicago, B.A., 1962
University of Chicago, M.A., 1962
Harvard Law School, J.D., 1965
Assistant state's attorney, Cook County, Illinois, 1965-1969
Assistant attorney general, State of Illinois, 1969-1977
Deputy chief, Criminal Justice Division, 1969-1970
Chief, Criminal Justice Division, 1970-1977
Chief prosecuting attorney, Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board, 1973-1975
Chief assistant attorney general, State of Arizona, 1975
Executive director, Illinois Law Enforcement Commision, 1977-1979
Director, Department of Revenue, State of Illinois, 1979-1980
Chairman, Governor's Advisory Counsel on Criminal Justice Legislation, 1980-1987
Director of state police, State of Illinois, 1980-1987
Program Areas of Cases Handled
Cases disposed of by Judge James Block Zagel for the past five years fell into a number of broad categories. The lead category for these cases was Narcotics/Drugs accounting for 79.3% of cases.
Other major categories with substantial numbers of cases that were disposed by Judge James Block Zagel over the past five years were: Weapons (17.2%), Withheld by Govt from TRAC (3.4%).
Program Area Judge District US Narcotics/Drugs 79.3% 35.8% 17.7% More Weapons 17.2% 47.8% 69.5% Not specified 3.4% 5.3% 7.6%
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 James Block Zagel for the past five years was "21 USC 841 - Drug Abuse Prevention & Control-Prohibited acts A". It accounted for 82.8% of all cases.
Other lead charges with substantial numbers of cases that were disposed by Judge James Block Zagel over the past five years were: "18 USC 922 - Firearms; Unlawful acts" (6.9%), "Withheld by govt from TRAC (FOIA challenge pending)" (6.9%), "18 USC 924 - Firearms; Penalties" (3.4%).
Lead Charge Judge District US 21 USC 841 - Drug Abuse Prevention & Control-Prohibited acts A 82.8% 29.6% 10.8% More 18 USC 922 - Firearms; Unlawful acts 6.9% 42.3% 60.6% Not specified 6.9% 5.5% 7.6% 18 USC 924 - Firearms; Penalties 3.4% 1.9% 4.6%
Table 3: Composition of Cases for the Past Five Years (Top 10)
Number of Defendants in Judge James Block Zagel's Cases
Case Def. Sentence (Months) Sentencing Date Program Category 1 1 360.00 07/03/12 Drugs-Organized Crime Task Force Details 2 1 70.00 04/26/12 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details 1 4 18.00 04/20/12 Drugs-Organized Crime Task Force Details 3 1 90.00 04/17/12 Drugs-Organized Crime Task Force Details 1 2 120.00 02/28/12 Drugs-Organized Crime Task Force Details 1 5 240.00 01/17/12 Drugs-Organized Crime Task Force Details 1 3 240.00 12/13/11 Drugs-Organized Crime Task Force Details 1 6 120.00 12/05/11 Drugs-Organized Crime Task Force Details
Table 4: Individual Cases and Defendants Disposed of in Current Fiscal Year