Hudson's career

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, 63, is an aggressive former prosecutor who served as a deputy sheriff before becoming a lawyer. He was a frequent television legal analyst before becoming a judge. His best known previous ruling involved sentencing pro football player Michael Vick to nearly two years in federal prison for his role in a dog-fighting operation.

His ruling Monday that Congress overstepped its constitutional authority with a provision of the federal health-care law requiring people to buy health insurance was telegraphed by tough questions he asked of lawyers defending the law on behalf of President Obama during oral arguments in July and October.

Hudson's professional background:

lElected as a Republican as commonwealth's attorney of Arlington County (1980-86).

lAppointed U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (1986-91).

lDirector of the U.S. Marshals Service (1992-93).

lAppointed Fairfax County Circuit Court judge (1998-2002) by Gov. James Gilmore.

lAppointed U.S. District judge (2002-present) by President George W. Bush.

Some career highlights:

lWas chairman of a controversial commission appointed by President Ronald Reagan to study the impact of pornography.

lA lead prosector in a massive 1988 investigation into fraud in the Pentagon procurement process.

lProsecuted former presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche on fraud charges.

lHead of the U.S. Marshals Service in 1992 when the agency was involved in a violent confrontation with Randy Weaver at his Ruby Ridge compound in Idaho.

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- Rosalind S. Helderman

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