Catherine D. Perry

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Catherine D. Perry
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
In office
2009 – January 3, 2016
Preceded by Carol E. Jackson
Succeeded by Rodney W. Sippel
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
Assumed office
October 7, 1994
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Clyde S. Cahill Jr.
United States Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
In office
1990–1994
Personal details
Born 1952 (age 65–66)
Hobart, Oklahoma, U.S.
Alma mater University of Oklahoma
Washington University School of Law

Catherine D. Perry (born 1952) is a district judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Born in Hobart, Oklahoma, Perry received a B.A. from University of Oklahoma in 1977, and a J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 1980. After graduation she became an adjunct professor of law at Washington University School of Law, and taught there intermittently from 1981 to 1994. She also served as a magistrate judge at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri from 1990 to 1994.

On July 15, 1994, Perry was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri vacated by Clyde S. Cahill. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 6, 1994, and received her commission the following day. She served as Chief Judge from 2009-2016.

On August 18, 2014 Perry denied motions by the ACLU for temporary restraining orders against six police officers to prevent the enforcement of a 5-second rule in Ferguson, MO. Perry cited the need for law enforcement's protection of property and the availability of a "free-speech zone".[1] However, at the time of this ruling the free speech zone was off-limits to the public.[2]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Carol E. Jackson
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
2009–2016
Succeeded by
Rodney W. Sippel
Preceded by
Clyde S. Cahill Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
1994–present
Incumbent