William G. Young

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William Glover Young (born 1940) is a United States federal judge for the District of Massachusetts.

Young was born in Huntington, New York. He attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He received an A.B. from Harvard University in 1962. He received a LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1967. He was a Captain in the United States Army from 1962 to 1964. He was a law clerk for Hon. Raymond S. Wilkins, Chief Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court from 1967 to 68. He was in private practice of law in Boston, Massachusetts from 1968 to 1972.

Young was a Special assistant attorney general of State of Massachusetts from 1970 to 1972 and chief counsel to the Governor of Massachusetts from 1972 to 1974. He was in private practice of law in Boston, Massachusetts from 1975 to 1978. He was an Associate justice, Superior Court of Massachusetts from 1978 to 1985. Young was a Lecturer in law, Boston College Law School, from 1968-to the present and at Boston University Law School, 1979–present. He was a Lecturer in law, Harvard Law School from 1979 to 1990.

Young was a federal judge to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Young was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on March 8, 1985, to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333; He was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 3, 1985, and received commission on April 4, 1985. He served as chief judge, 1999-2005.

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Patent cases[edit]

Judge Young is a respected federal judge in patent cases relating to biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.[1]

Judge Young has also heard important computer-related patent cases, including a patent infringement suit by a small company against RealNetworks.[2] The jury found that the patents were invalid and the case was affirmed upon appeal.[3]

Criminal cases[edit]

Judge Young has heard many famous criminal cases both as a Massachusetts state judge and as a federal judge, including the "Big Dan" rape case, the shoe bomber case, and the Boston Strangler[4] case.

Judge Young was the trial judge in Massachusetts state court for the highly publicized[5] 'Big Dan' rape case[6] which was the inspiration for the movie The Accused starring Jodie Foster. Judge Young served as Chief Judge of the Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts from 1997 until 2005.

After his federal appointment Judge Young sentenced Richard Reid, better known as the shoe bomber, to life in prison.[7]

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  1. ^ 480 F.Supp.2d 462
  2. ^ 462 F.Supp.2d 131
  3. ^ 223 Fed.Appx. 986
  4. ^ http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/notorious/boston/19.html
  5. ^ http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1282/is_v36/ai_3230920.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  6. ^ 401 Mass. 843, 519 N.E.2d 1328, Mass., March 10, 1988
  7. ^ "Exchange between Reid, judge follows life sentence". CNN. January 30, 2003.