Judge Mary A. McLaughlin
September 2012: Median Prison Sentence

District Court - Pennsylvania East
Referring Agency: Department of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms
Lead Charge: 21 USC 841 - Drug Abuse Prevention & Control-Prohibited acts A

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To District
To U.S.
Latest Fiscal Year 60.0 - -
Previous Fiscal Year 120.0 - -
Past 5 Years 108.0 -6.5% 44.0%
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 Mary A. McLaughlin in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the median prison sentence was 60.0 months, when looking only at cases referred by the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms with a lead charge of "21 USC 841 - Drug Abuse Prevention & Control-Prohibited acts A". During the current fiscal year, Judge Mary A. McLaughlin has sentenced one defendant compared with one defendant 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 McLaughlin was 108.0 months. This was 6.5% lower than the 115.5 months typical in Pennsylvania East and 44.0% higher than the 75.0 months median prison sentence for the nation. Judge Mary A. McLaughlin sentenced 11 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 McLaughlin'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 25 other judges in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania with information on convictions during that period. Median prison sentence numbers passed down for those judges ranged from 8.5 months to 265.5 months, putting Judge McLaughlin's median prison sentence of 108.0 months at the higher end of the range. The median prison sentence for the whole Eastern District of Pennsylvania during that time was 115.5 months.

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

Professional Biography

Born 1946 in Philadelphia, PA

Federal Judicial Service
Judge, U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Nominated by William J. Clinton on March 13, 2000, to a seat vacated by Marvin Katz; Confirmed by the Senate on May 24, 2000, and received commission on May 31, 2000.

Gwynedd-Mercy College, B.A., 1968
Bryn Mawr College, M.A., 1969
University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1976

Professional Career:
Law clerk, Hon. Stanley Brotman, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1976-1977
Private practice, 1977-1980
Assistant U.S. attorney, District of Columbia, 1980-1984
Assistant professor, Vanderbilt University School of Law, 1984-1986
Private practice, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1986-2000
Adjunct professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1988
Adjunct professor, Rutgers University School of Law, 1989
Chief counsel, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Government, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate, 1995

Program Areas of Cases Handled

Cases disposed of by Judge Mary A. McLaughlin for the past five years fell into a number of broad categories. The lead category for these cases was Weapons accounting for 72.7% of cases.

Other major categories with substantial numbers of cases that were disposed by Judge Mary A. McLaughlin over the past five years were: Narcotics/Drugs (27.3%).

Program Area Judge District US  
Weapons 72.7% 73.5% 15.7%  
Narcotics/Drugs 27.3% 26.5% 82.4%  

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

Number of Defendants in Judge Mary A. McLaughlin's Cases

Case Def. Sentence (Months) Sentencing Date Program Category  
1 1 60.00 05/01/12 Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major Details

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