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George Arceneaux
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

In office
September 26, 1979 – April 6, 1993
Appointed by Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Seat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Succeeded by Stanwood Duval
Personal details
Born George Arceneaux Jr.
(1928-05-17)May 17, 1928
New Orleans, Louisiana
Died April 6, 1993(1993-04-06) (aged 64)
Houma, Louisiana
Political party Democratic

George Arceneaux Jr. (May 17, 1928 – April 6, 1993) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Education and career[]

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Arceneaux received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University in 1949. He received a Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law at American University in 1957. He was in the United States Army from 1951 to 1952. He was an administrative assistant to United States Senator Allen J. Ellender from 1952 to 1960. He was in private practice of law in Houma, Louisiana from 1960 to 1979.[1]

Federal judicial service[]

Arceneaux was nominated by President Jimmy Carter on June 12, 1979, to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, to a new seat created by 92 Stat. 1629. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 25, 1979, and received his commission on September 26, 1979. His service was terminated on April 6, 1993, due to his death in Houma.[1][2]

Notable case[]

In 1991, Arceneaux delivered the maximum sentence allowed on the conviction for multiple felonies of former Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Douglas D. "Doug" Green of Baton Rouge. Judge Arceneaux ordered Green to serve twenty-eight concurrent five-year terms on conviction of conspiracy and mail fraud and two concurrent 20-year terms for laundering campaign loans. A jury determined that Green conspired with John and Naaman Eicher of the Champion Insurance Company, his largest campaign donors, to keep the failing company intact, a decision which cost Louisiana taxpayers $150 million. According to prosecution evidence, Green received $2.7 million in bribes.[3] Green ultimately served about half of his total 25-year sentence in the federal prison in Pensacola, Florida.[4][5]

References[]

Sources[]

  • George Arceneaux Jr. at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
1979–1994
Succeeded by
Stanwood Duval

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