Michael Ponsor

Michael Ponsor

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Michael Ponsor graduated from Harvard, received a Rhodes Scholarship, and studied for two years at Pembroke College, Oxford. After taking his law degree from Yale and clerking in federal court in Boston, he began his legal career, specializing in criminal defense. He moved to Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1978, where he practiced as a trial attorney in his own firm until his appointment in 1984 as a US magistrate judge in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1994, President Bill Clinton appointed him a life-tenured US district judge. From 2000 to 2001, he presided over a five-month death penalty trial, the first in Massachusetts in over fifty years. Judge Ponsor continues to serve as a senior US district judge in the United States District Court for...more

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The Hanging Judge
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“If you want the best evidence of just how strong our democracy is, come into the courtroom.”
Michael Ponsor, The Hanging Judge

“For me, taking the sort of dry principles of the law and bringing them into contact with human beings . . . it's like you jump into hyperspace. And everything that's dull about the books and the theory becomes provocative.”
Michael Ponsor, The Hanging Judge

“Okay, pal. It’s over.” Then,”
Michael Ponsor, The Hanging Judge: A Novel

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