Judge Martin Leach-Cross Feldman
September 2012: Average Prison Sentence
District Court - Louisiana East
Referring Agency: Drug Enforcement Administration
Program Area: Narcotics/Drugs
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 average prison sentence was 80.0 months, when looking only at cases referred by the Drug Enforcement Administration falling under the broad category of "Narcotics/Drugs". During the current fiscal year, Judge Martin Leach-Cross Feldman has sentenced one defendant compared with 9 defendants during the twelve months of the previous fiscal year.
Over the last five years, the average prison sentence imposed on defendants that were credited to Judge Feldman was 136.0 months. This was 32.2% higher than the 102.8 months typical in Louisiana East and 77.3% higher than the 76.7 months average prison sentence for the nation. Judge Martin Leach-Cross Feldman sentenced 25 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 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. Average prison sentence numbers passed down for those judges ranged from 84.6 months to 119.8 months, putting Judge Feldman's average prison sentence of 136.0 months at the higher end of the range. The average prison sentence for the whole Eastern District of Louisiana during that time was 102.8 months.
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
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
Lead Charges in Cases Handled
The lead charge with the most cases disposed of by Judge Martin Leach-Cross Feldman for the past five years was "21 USC 841 - Drug Abuse Prevention & Control-Prohibited acts A". It accounted for 84.0% of all cases.
Other lead charges with substantial numbers of cases that were disposed by Judge Martin Leach-Cross Feldman over the past five years were: "21 USC 846 - Attempt and conspiracy" (16.0%).
Lead Charge Judge District US 21 USC 841 - Drug Abuse Prevention & Control-Prohibited acts A 84.0% 78.8% 52.2% More 21 USC 846 - Attempt and conspiracy 16.0% 18.5% 42.8%
Table 2: Composition of Cases for the Past Five Years (Top 10)
Number of Defendants in Judge Martin Leach-Cross Feldman's Cases