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Robert Frederick Collins
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

In office
May 19, 1978 – August 6, 1993
Appointed by Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Alvin Benjamin Rubin
Succeeded by Thomas Porteous
Personal details
Born Robert Frederick Collins
1931 (age 89–90)
New Orleans, Louisiana

Robert Frederick Collins (born 1931) is a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Education and career[]

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Collins received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dillard University in 1951 and a Bachelor of Laws from Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in 1954. He was in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956, thereafter entering private practice in New Orleans from 1956 to 1972. He was also an instructor at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge from 1959 to 1961. He was a magistrate judge for the Criminal District Court of New Orleans from 1972 to 1978.[1]

Federal judicial service[]

On January 26, 1978, Collins was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana vacated by Judge Alvin Benjamin Rubin. Collins was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 17, 1978, and received his commission on May 19, 1978, he served until his resignation on August 6, 1993.[1]

Conviction and resignation from office[]

In 1991, Collins was convicted of accepting money to influence his sentencing of a marijuana smuggler.[2] He served five years in the Federal Prison Camp in Montgomery, Alabama and in other federal prisons. He was released November 21, 1997.[3][4]

After his conviction, Collins did not resign from his judgeship. Consequently, on May 19, 1993, United States Representative James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin introduced H. RES. 176, impeaching Collins. It was referred to the House Judiciary Committee and died there. Later, in June, Jack Brooks tried again with H. RES. 207. Collins resigned on August 6, 1993, his impending impeachment hearings scheduled to begin the next day.

As the result of his conviction, Collins was disbarred from the practice of law in Louisiana by the Supreme Court of Louisiana.[5]

References[]

External links[]

  • Robert Frederick Collins at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Alvin Benjamin Rubin
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
1978–1993
Succeeded by
Thomas Porteous

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