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Michael M. Mihm

Michael Martin Mihm
Senior Judge of United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
Assumed office
October 1, 2009
Judge of United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
In office
August 6, 1982 – October 1, 2009
Nominated by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Robert D. Morgan
Succeeded by James E. Shadid
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
In office
Preceded by Harold A. Baker
Succeeded by Joe Billy McDade
Personal details
Born 1943 (age 72–73)
Amboy, Illinois
Alma mater Loras College
Saint Louis University School of Law

Michael Martin Mihm (born 1943 in Amboy, Illinois) is an incumbent United States federal judge on the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, with chambers in Peoria, Illinois. He became a judge in 1982 by way of nomination by President Ronald Reagan.[1] In 2004, he received the USAID Outstanding Citizen Achievement Citation for his work with the Russian judicial system.[2]

Judge Mihm has said he will take senior status in 2010. President Obama has nominated Peoria County Circuit Judge James Shadid to take his place pending confirmation by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and then the full Senate.

Prior to the bench

Mihm grew up on a farm, and his mother was a school teacher.[3] He graduated with a B.A. from Loras College in 1964 and received a J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1967.

Mihm was an assistant prosecuting attorney for St. Louis County, Missouri from 1967 to 1968; assistant state's attorney for Peoria County, Illinois from 1968 to 1969; and assistant corporation counsel for the City of Peoria from 1969 to 1972. He was State's Attorney of Peoria County from 1972 to 1980, then in private law practice in Peoria from 1980 until becoming a federal judge in 1982.[1]

Judicial career

Mihm was nominated by President United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 5, 1982, and received his commission on August 6, 1982. Mihm served as the district's chief judge from 1991 to 1998.[1]

Judge Mihm presided over the case of Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, who pled guilty in 2009 to conspiring to provide material aid to Al Qaeda.[4] Federal authorities arrested al-Marri in 2001 for credit card fraud, then deemed him an enemy combatant, and detained him without charge for over six years. The federal government claimed that al-Marri was an al Qaeda sleeper agent. The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ordered al-Marri brought before a civilian court in 2007, [5] and in 2009, the US dropped its appeal of that decision, and transferred al-Marri to Mihm's court. [4]


  1. ^ a b c Michael M. Mihm at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
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  4. ^ a b "Former ‘Enemy Combatant’ Pleads Guilty in Ill.", The New York Times, 30 April 2009
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