Judge Michael W. Mosman
September 2012: Average Prison Sentence

District Court - Oregon
Referring Agency: Department of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms
Program Area: Weapons

Show Details   Judge Compared
To District
To U.S.
Latest Fiscal Year 38.0 -2.3% -44.5%
Previous Fiscal Year 21.3 - -
Past 5 Years 51.1 -17.2% -29.3%
Percent not reported where cases too few to provide
meaningful comparison.

Table 1: Current and 5 Year
Average Prison Sentence Comparison

For all cases disposed of in the current fiscal year (2012) that were credited to Judge Michael W. Mosman in the District of Oregon, the average prison sentence was 38.0 months, when looking only at cases referred by the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms falling under the broad category of "Weapons". This number is 2.3% lower than the average prison sentence for all the District of Oregon matters disposed in the same period. At the same time, the judge's average prison sentence was 44.5% lower than the typical 2012 sentence for the nation as a whole. During the current fiscal year, Judge Michael W. Mosman has sentenced 14 defendants compared with 3 defendants during the twelve months of the previous fiscal year.

Focusing on a five-year period, the average prison sentence imposed on defendants that were credited to Judge Mosman was 51.1 months. This was 17.2% lower than the 61.7 months typical in Oregon and 29.3% lower than the 72.3 months average prison sentence for the nation. Judge Michael W. Mosman sentenced 43 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 Average Prison Sentence
in Months

Figure 1 compares Judge Mosman'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 District of Oregon with information on convictions during that period. Average prison sentence numbers passed down for those judges ranged from 33.4 months to 173.5 months, putting Judge Mosman's average prison sentence of 51.1 months at the higher end of the range. The average prison sentence for the whole District of Oregon during that time was 61.7 months.

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Figure 2: Detailed Comparison among Judges for the District of Oregon

Professional Biography

Born 1956 in Eugene, OR

Federal Judicial Service
Judge, U. S. District Court, District of Oregon

Nominated by George W. Bush on May 8, 2003, to a seat vacated by Robert E. Jones; Confirmed by the Senate on September 25, 2003, and received commission on September 26, 2003.

Ricks College, A.B., 1979
Utah State University, B.S., 1981
Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, J.D., 1984

Professional Career:
Law clerk, Hon. Malcolm Wilkey, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1984-1985
Private practice, 1985
Law clerk, Justice Lewis F. Powell, Supreme Court of the United States, 1985-1986
Private practice, Portland, Oregon, 1986-1988
Assistant U.S. attorney, District of Oregon, 1988-2001
U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, 2001-2003

Lead Charges in Cases Handled

The lead charge with the most cases disposed of by Judge Michael W. Mosman for the past five years was "18 USC 922 - Firearms; Unlawful acts". It accounted for 86.0% of all cases.

Other lead charges with substantial numbers of cases that were disposed by Judge Michael W. Mosman over the past five years were: "18 USC 1951 - Hobbs Act" (7.0%).

Lead Charge Judge District US  
18 USC 922 - Firearms; Unlawful acts 86.0% 92.8% 84.2% More
18 USC 1951 - Hobbs Act 7.0% 1.1% 1.3%  
18 USC 2 - Aiding and Abetting 2.3% 0.4% 0.0%  
21 USC 841 - Drug Abuse Prevention & Control-Prohibited acts A 2.3% 0.4% 2.4%  
26 USC 5861 - Tax on Making Firearms - Prohibited acts 2.3% 2.2% 2.6%  

Table 2: Composition of Cases for the Past Five Years (Top 10)

Number of Defendants in Judge Michael W. Mosman's Cases

Case Def. Sentence (Months) Sentencing Date Program Category  
1 1 27.00 09/06/12 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details
2 1 42.00 09/05/12 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details
3 1 78.00 08/30/12 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details
4 1 24.00 07/23/12 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details
5 1 8.00 07/20/12 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details
6 1 57.00 06/21/12 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details
4 3 51.00 05/07/12 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details
7 1 70.00 04/30/12 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details
8 1 85.00 04/09/12 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details
9 1 3.00 01/12/12 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details
10 1 27.00 11/14/11 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details
11 1 24.00 11/14/11 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details
4 2 24.00 11/14/11 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details
12 1 12.00 10/03/11 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details

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