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A. Raymond Randolph

A. Raymond Randolph
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
In office
July 16, 1990 – November 1, 2008
Appointed by George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Spottswood Robinson
Succeeded by Sri Srinivasan
Personal details
Born Arthur Raymond Randolph
(1943-11-01) November 1, 1943
Riverside, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma mater Drexel University
University of Pennsylvania

Arthur Raymond Randolph (born November 1, 1943) is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was appointed to the Court in 1990 and assumed senior status on November 1, 2008.


  • Biography 1
  • Notable cases 2
    • Guantanamo Bay 2.1
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Randolph was born in Riverside Township, New Jersey,[1] and grew up in two communities in New Jersey, Palmyra and the Glendora section of Gloucester Township. He graduated from Triton Regional High School in 1961, as part of the school's first graduating class.[2]

He earned a B.S. from Drexel University in 1966, majoring in economics and basic engineering. At Drexel, he was president of the debate society, vice president of the Student Senate, and a member of the varsity wrestling squad. In 1969, he received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude. Judge Randolph ranked first in his law school class and was managing editor of the Law Review.

Judge Randolph then clerked for 2nd Circuit Judge Henry Friendly, which began a career in law in Washington, D.C., moving between private practice, government, and academia.

He started as the Assistant to the

Legal offices
Preceded by
Spottswood Robinson
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Succeeded by
Sri Srinivasan
  • Works related to Boumediene v. Bush at Wikisource

External links

  1. ^ a b Judges of the United States Courts, Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  2. ^ Oral History Project - Arthur Raymond Randolph, Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit. Accessed October 1, 2015. "Mr. Prettyman: And where did you grow up? You were born in Riverside. Did you stay there during your childhood? Judge Randolph: No, we never lived in Riverside. We lived in a town called Palmyra, New Jersey, for a while, which is where my grandmother and my great-uncle lived, and then moved in 1950 to what was then a very small rural town called Glendora.... Mr. Prettyman: And where did you go to high school? Judge Randolph: I was a member of the first graduating class of a high school called Triton Regional High School. Mr. Prettyman: And when did you graduate? Judge Randolph: The year was 1961.
  3. ^ a b United States Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit (2008-11-01). "U.S. Court of Appeals - D.C. Circuit - A. Raymond Randolph". Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  4. ^ Boumediene v. Bush Retrieved 7 January 2015.


Rasul v. Bush became Boumediene v. Bush when it came again before the D.C. Circuit. Judge Randolph again wrote the majority opinion. In Boumediene the court upheld the Military Commissions Act, which stripped the federal courts of jurisdiction to hear petitions of habeas corpus from aliens detained by the US Military. This time Judge Judith Rogers dissented. The petitioners in Boumediene asked the Supreme Court to reverse Judge Randolph's opinion. The Court denied their petition, but, in an unusual move, later reversed itself and granted certiorari, then reversed.[4]

Judge Randolph also wrote the majority opinion for the D.C. Circuit in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld. Hamdan involved a challenge to the Bush Administration's military commissions to try designated "enemy combatants" at Guantanamo Bay. Judge Randolph held for a unanimous court that the Administration had authority to conduct the commissions and that they were not in violation of the Geneva Conventions. Judge Stephen Williams concurred in the judgment, disagreeing on the latter point. The Supreme Court reversed the D.C. Circuit in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld. Again, the United States Congress passed legislation, this time the Military Commissions Act of 2006, to reverse the effect of the Supreme Court's ruling.

Bush Administration's policies regarding detention of suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay. In Al Odah, Judge Randolph wrote for a unanimous panel that the detainees at Guantanamo Bay did not have rights under the United States Constitution. That decision was reversed by the Supreme Court in Rasul v. Bush. The United States Congress subsequently passed the Detainee Treatment Act, which was intended to reverse the effect of the Supreme Court's decision in Rasul.

Guantanamo Bay

Notable cases

Judge Randolph took senior status effective November 1, 2008.[3]

From 1993 through 1995 Judge Randolph was a member of the Committee on Codes of Conduct of the Judicial Conference of the United States, and from 1995 to 1998 served as the Committee's chairman.

[1].Spottswood William Robinson III to replace the seat vacated by [3]

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