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Hon. William S. Duffey, Jr.
District judge
N.D.Ga.
11th Circuit
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Hon. William S. Duffey, Jr.

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Civil Litigation - Private

25414

1/2/18

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24898

1/2/17

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Civil Litigation - Private

24593

1/2/17

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23427

1/2/16

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Court Staff

23080

1/2/15

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

22284

1/1/15

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Civil Litigation - Private

22165

1/2/14

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21993

1/2/14

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

21994

1/1/14

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

21875

1/2/14

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1/2/14

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21655

1/2/14

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18560

1/2/12

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

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1/1/12

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1/1/11

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11717

1/2/10

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Civil Litigation - Private

11578

1/2/10

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11632

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General Inclination in Civil Rights Appeals (1=Strongly Pro-Defendant,10=Strongly Pro­Plaintiff)
General Inclination in Labor Law Appeals (1=Strongly Pro­Employee,10=Strongly Pro­Employer)
General Inclination in Immigration Appeals (1=Strongly Pro­Immigrant,10=Strongly Pro­Gov.)
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Civil Litigation - Private

25414

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Other

24898

1/2/17

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Civil Litigation - Private

24593

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23427

1/2/16

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23080

1/2/15

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

22284

1/1/15

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Civil Litigation - Private

22165

1/2/14

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Other

21993

1/2/14

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

21994

1/1/14

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

21875

1/2/14

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

21911

1/2/14

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

21655

1/2/14

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Other

18560

1/2/12

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

13768

1/1/12

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

12700

1/1/11

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Civil Litigation - Private

11717

1/2/10

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Civil Litigation - Private

11578

1/2/10

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11632

1/2/10

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

11547

1/2/10

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11496

1/2/10

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19156

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11856

1/2/10
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11466

1/2/10
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11403

1/2/10
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Litigant

9267

1/1/09
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Litigant

5823

1/2/08
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5429

1/2/07
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Litigant

5024

1/2/07
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Temperament (1=Awful 10=Excellent)    
Scholarship (1=Awful 10=Excellent)    
Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious 10=Highly industrious)    
Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful 10=Excellent)    
Punctuality (1=Chronically Late 10=Always on Time)    
Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias 10=Entirely Evenhanded)    
Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias 10=Entirely Evenhanded)    
Flexibility in Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible    10=Very Flexible)    
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense 10=Pro-Government)    
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pre-Trial (1=Pro-Defense 10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions (1=Least Involved 10=Most Involved)    
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial (1=Pro-Defense 10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing (1=Pro-Defense 10=Pro-Government)
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Hon. William S. Duffey, Jr.

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2/11/22, 5:04 AM
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So glad Duffey is retiring (e.g., cashing out and collecting his full salary for doing no work in return). At least litigants won't have to face his irrational rulings. And to answer the question below as to why he was so 'nice' when he was sitting by designation on a court of appeals: Because he was in front of his superiors and out of his element. Watch how he acts when in his own court room and doesn't have anyone looking over his shoulder.
1/2/18, 7:41 PM
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I don't get it. I sat through three oral arguments this week in Miami where the judge sat as a panel member. He was polite, well-prepared, patient, asked thoughtful, perceptive questions, and worked well with the other panel members. I was with four other lawyers. They all felt the same way. the three cases were criminal and civil. I did not see any of the negative qualities complained about with this judge. I was expecting a horrible experience, and the judge was a pleasure to appear before, and I do not think there was anyone in the courtroom who felt differently.
1/2/17, 11:32 AM
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How can you look at statistics in a civil case about racial discrimination at tv networks and say there's no proof? Ask for a photograph of the entire staff, count the black and brown faces...you don't have to be a judge to figure this one out. FAIL.
1/2/17, 5:29 PM
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Jekyll and Hyde personality. Narcissistic. Can't keep an employee for very long, has had two law clerks leave in the same year, never completing their terms. Has gone through several JA's. Not one has lasted more than 3 years. Says a lot.
1/2/16, 12:41 PM
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Micromanages courtroom and staff. Lacks grace. Lacks management skills. Inflexible. Tyrant.
1/2/15, 4:24 PM
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Clarence Darrow once said, “The world is made up for the most part of morons and natural tyrants, sure of themselves, strong in their own opinions, never doubting anything.” He certainly described Judge Duffey.
1/1/15, 10:31 PM
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A sanctimonious hypocrite.
1/2/14, 9:06 AM
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Just an angry, arrogant man. Not what we need on any bench, in any classroom, or place of worship.
1/2/14, 7:36 AM
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A smug, haughty, self-righteous man who is more interested in rebuking and insulting lawyers than in doing justice. His sanctimonious personal attacks are reminiscent of Kenneth Starr. He should write a book on 'confirmation bias' because his decisions are a shining example.
1/2/14, 1:30 PM
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Judge Duffey is a political appointee. W made him a judge to reward him for going after the Clintons in Whitewater. So it's no surprise that this man is as partisan a Republican as they come. What is surprising is what a terrible judge he is. He's not a thoughtful, principled conservative. He's just a man with his own biases who now is in a position to make his biases the law. He lacks a judicial temperament: he has no interest in thoughtfully and fairly weighing the issues. Instead, he makes up his mind about a case almost immediately, and refuses to let the facts or even the law stand in his way. And watch what happens if you challenge him -- he loses his cool, goes out of his way to demean you (taking advantage of the fact that it's not a fair fight -- few lawyers have the stones to actually tell a federal judge that he's being an asshole), and will punish lawyers and litigants who refused to kowtow and 'admit' that the judge is always right. He's really not very smart. True, he has the veneer of intelligence, but push a little and you realize he makes decisions based on anecdotal evidence, gut feelings, and whether or not he can relate to you. So watch out if you're not an old, white, military man who worked at a big law firm or a corporation and made a lot of money. Anyone else, and Bill Duffey just doesn't understand you and won't bother to try. He reflexively sides with those like him. Very dangerous in a judge. He cares most about getting cases dismissed quickly, probably to clear his docket. He'll find any excuse to dismiss a case, regardless of the merits. He tends to side with corporate defendants and law enforcement. And he can't write -- his long, rambling opinions rarely show any deep thinking or insight, and none are original. (I've had two cases before Duffey and in both, the opinions he wrote were way too long to say very little that mattered. I guess we should be thankful -- he'll never be elevated to be an appellate judge.) But the scariest thing about Duffey is that he is a real threat to the constitution. When it comes to the 4th amendment, it doesn't even exist in his mind. He will side with law enforcement no matter what. Any civil rights plaintiff that draws Bill Duffey as the judge might as well just drop the case. You will not win or even get your day in court. And separation of church and state? Pffft. Duffey quotes scripture from the bench. Criminal defendants? Expect long sentences -- Duffey goes out of his way to impose sentences greater than the prosecutors even ask for. He says he's doing God's work. Watching this man in action really makes you depressed that he has a lifetime appointment. Atlanta is stuck with this monster -- for many years we'll still have him unnecessarily berating people from the bench and standing in the way of justice. He's hated by the entire bar and you'd be hard pressed to find ten people kind things to say about him. Even the other judges can't stand him, and openly talk about what a jerk he is. One told me that 'the legal community of Atlanta know just what he is' You'd almost feel sorry for him if he hadn't ruined so many people's lives. A miserable man out to make everyone else miserable too.
1/2/14, 3:37 AM
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With regard to comment #11578: the comment above was written by the judge himself.
1/2/14, 8:49 PM
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