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Louis Bechtle
Born Louis Charles Bechtle
December 14, 1927(1927-12-14) (age 94)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Education Temple University (B.S.)
Temple University Beasley School of Law (LL.B.)

Louis Charles Bechtle (born December 14, 1927) is a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Education and career[edit | edit source]

Born on December 14, 1927, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,[1] Bechtle was in the United States Army from 1946 to 1947, then received a Bachelor of Science degree from Temple University in 1951 and a Bachelor of Laws from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 1954. He was an Assistant United States Attorney in Philadelphia from 1956 to 1959. He was in private practice in Philadelphia from 1959 to 1962, and in Norristown, Pennsylvania from 1962 to 1969. He was the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 1969 to 1972.[2]

Federal judicial service[edit | edit source]

On February 14, 1972, Bechtle was nominated by President Richard Nixon to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania vacated by Judge John W. Lord Jr. Bechtle was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 2, 1972, and received his commission on March 7, 1972. He served as Chief Judge from 1990 to 1993, assuming senior status on April 30, 1993, and retiring from the bench entirely on June 30, 2001.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Biographical Directory of the Federal Judiciary. Lanham, Maryland: Bernan Press. 2001. p. 370. ISBN 0890592586. https://books.google.com/books?id=2LxFAQAAIAAJ&q=Louis+Charles+Bechtle+December+14. 
  2. 2.0 2.1
    • Louis Charles Bechtle at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.

Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Louis Charles Bechtle at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Legal offices
Preceded by
John W. Lord Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
1972–1993
Succeeded by
Midge Rendell
Preceded by
John P. Fullam
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
1990–1993
Succeeded by
Edward N. Cahn

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