“A look at the low-key Texas judge who tossed Obamacare shows a history of notable conservative cases”
Many federal judges toil in relative obscurity for decades, diligently presiding over and settling civil and criminal disputes that come before them.
But after only 11 years on the bench, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth has had more than his share of contentious, high-profile cases. He has become a go-to judge for Republicans over certain heated national social issues such as health care and and transgender rights.
…Richard Roper, former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas, who is now in private practice, was O’Connor’s boss for a time.
“He’s kind of a low-key guy,” Roper said. “He runs a tight ship. He moves his cases along.”
Roper said O’Connor is known to go beyond 5 p.m. on trial days in an effort to conclude trials quickly and minimize disruption to jurors’ lives.