Judge Martin Leach-Cross Feldman
September 2012: Median Prison Sentence

District Court - Louisiana East
Referring Agency: Drug Enforcement Administration
Lead Charge: 21 USC 841 - Drug Abuse Prevention & Control-Prohibited acts A

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To District
To U.S.
Latest Fiscal Year 80.0 - -
Previous Fiscal Year 188.0 - -
Past 5 Years 97.0 16.9% 70.2%
Percent not reported where cases too few to provide
meaningful comparison.

Table 1: Current and 5 Year
Median Prison Sentence Comparison

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 median prison sentence was 80.0 months, when looking only at cases referred by the Drug Enforcement Administration with a lead charge of "21 USC 841 - Drug Abuse Prevention & Control-Prohibited acts A". During the current fiscal year, Judge Martin Leach-Cross Feldman has sentenced one defendant compared with 6 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 Feldman was 97.0 months. This was 16.9% higher than the 83.0 months typical in Louisiana East and 70.2% higher than the 57.0 months median prison sentence for the nation. Judge Martin Leach-Cross Feldman sentenced 21 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.)

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Figure 1: Five Year Comparison of Median Prison Sentence
in Months

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. Median prison sentence numbers passed down for those judges ranged from 57.0 months to 121.0 months, putting Judge Feldman's median prison sentence of 97.0 months at the higher end of the range. The median prison sentence for the whole Eastern District of Louisiana during that time was 83.0 months.

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Figure 2: Detailed Comparison among Judges for the Eastern District of Louisiana

Professional Biography

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

Professional Career:
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 Narcotics/Drugs accounting for 100.0% of cases.

Program Area Judge District US  
Narcotics/Drugs 100.0% 99.7% 98.5% More

Table 2: 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 80.00 01/11/12 Drugs-Drug Trafficking Details

Table 3: Individual Cases and Defendants Disposed of in Current Fiscal Year