Clark Waddoups

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Clark Waddoups (born 1946 in Arco, Idaho) is the 15th judge of the United States District Court for the District of Utah. Nominated by President George W. Bush, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 26, 2008.[1]

Education and legal career[edit]

Judge Waddoups received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in 1970 and his juris doctorate from the University of Utah's law school in 1973. He was most recently a partner in the law firm of Parr, Waddoups, Brown, Gee & Loveless where he was a trial lawyer specializing in commercial litigation, including antitrust, securities, labor/employment, banking, construction, environmental and insurance claims. Clark Waddoups has represented clients in industries such as heavy manufacturing, broadcasting, banking and finance, automotive, oil, and real estate.

Community and professional involvement[edit]

Waddoups practiced for O'Melveny & Myers, a large California law firm for seven years in Los Angeles before joining Parr Waddoups in 1981. Prior to that, he served as a law clerk for Hon. J. Clifford Wallace, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, from 1973 - 1974.

Prior to his appointment, Judge Waddoups, who is admitted to practice in California and before all state and federal courts in Utah, was a registered lobbyist in the State of Utah, an active member of the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence, and past President of the A. Sherman Christensen American Inn of Court.

Judicial career[edit]

Judge Waddoups has been the presiding judge in over 600 cases since his confirmation in 2008, involving contract, real property, torts, civil rights, labor, bankruptcy, intellectual property, social security, and more.[2]

Notable rulings and selected opinions[edit]

Kody Brown, et al. v. Gary Herbert, Governor of Utah, et al.[edit]

On July 13, 2011, Kody Brown and family, from the TLC reality television show Sister Wives, filed a complaint in the United States 10th District Court, District of Utah, to challenge Utah's polygamy laws.[3] Jonathan Turley of George Washington University represented the plaintiffs in the case. The plaintiffs were found to have legal standing, though no charges have been filed against them. On December 13, 2013, approximately eleven months after he heard oral arguments in the case, Judge Waddoups rendered a 91 page decision[4] striking down the cohabitation clause of Utah's polygamy statute as unconstitutional.

HB 497[edit]

Judge Waddoups recently blocked an immigration law signed by Gov. Gary Herbert in March 2011 that would require police to check citizenship status upon arrest. According to ABC News, Waddoups "issued his ruling in Salt Lake City just 14 hours after the law went into effect, saying that there is sufficient evidence that at least some portions of the Utah legislation will be found unconstitutional.[5]

United States v. John and Susan Ross[edit]

In December of 2009, Judge Waddoups sentenced two Davis School District employees, John and Susan Ross, for money laundering and fraud. The couple pleaded guilty and received 36 months probation, 3,000 hours of community service, $10,000 in fines, and $350,000 in restitution. Waddoups issued no jail time, against the prosecutors request, causing some to ask whether the judge was "going easy" on white-collar crimes.[6]

United States v. Claud R. Koerber[edit]

Judge Waddoups is also currently presiding over the Rick Koerber case, in which Koerber is accused of running an investment scam, or Ponzi Scheme, involving over $100 million.[7] In 2009, Koerber was initially charged with three counts—mail fraud, wire fraud and tax evasion. The first indictment was eliminated because of a document that could not be used in court. In September 2011, a federal grand jury returned a second indictment, charging Koerber with six counts of fraud, 10 counts of wire fraud, two counts of money laundering, and two counts of tax evasion. According to the Press Statement, released on September 29, 2011, by the U.S. Attorney's Office: There are no substantive changes in the superseding indictment. Changes were made to the section of the indictment describing the scheme and artifice to defraud. In addition, Count 1 of the previous indictment was eliminated following a ruling by U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups that documents which formed the basis of Count 1 were protected by the attorney-client privilege.[8][9]


  1. ^ Senate confirms new judge for Utah, Deseret News, 9/27/2008
  2. ^ Justia Dockets & Filings
  3. ^ Brown v. Herbert
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ [2], 5/10/2011
  6. ^ Ross Sentence, 12/15/2009
  7. ^ [3]
  8. ^ Press Statement, 09/29/2011
  9. ^ The Official Franklin Squires and Rick Koerber Federal Lawsuit Blog, 09/30/2011

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