Judge James Block Zagel
September 2012: Average Prison Sentence

District Court - Illinois North
Referring Agency: Federal Bureau of Investigation
Lead Charge: 18 USC 1962 - RICO - prohibited activities

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Latest Fiscal Year - - -
Previous Fiscal Year - - -
Past 5 Years 295.3 0.0% 149%
Percent not reported where cases too few to provide
meaningful comparison.

Table 1: Current and 5 Year
Average Prison Sentence Comparison

Judge James Block Zagel didn't dispose of any cases in the Northern District of Illinois in the current fiscal year (2012) referred by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with a lead charge of "18 USC 1962 - RICO - prohibited activities".

Over the last five years, the average prison sentence imposed on defendants that were credited to Judge Zagel was 295.3 months. This was 0.0% higher than the 295.3 months typical in Illinois North and 148.6% higher than the 118.8 months average prison sentence for the nation. Judge James Block Zagel 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 Average Prison Sentence
in Months

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 no other judges in the Northern District of Illinois with information on convictions during that period. The average prison sentence for the whole Northern District of Illinois during that time was 295.3 months.

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Figure 2: Detailed Comparison among Judges for the Northern District of Illinois

Professional Biography

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

Professional Career:
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 Organized Crime accounting for 100.0% of cases.

Program Area Judge District US  
Organized Crime 100.0% 100.0% 55.9% More

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

Number of Defendants in Judge James Block Zagel's Cases

Judge James Block Zagel didn't handle any convictions of this type in the current fiscal year 2012.