U.S District Court Senior Court Judge Harold Murphy has been on the Federal bench in Rome for almost forty-five years. He was appointed by fellow-Georgian, President Jimmy Carter in 1977. Murphy still hears a limited number of cases, after taking the senior judge status in 2017.
Murphy is a Haralson County native and a World War II veteran. He attended the University of Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1949. Murphy also served a short stent in the Georgia General Assembly as a state representative.
President Biden is reportedly “shopping around” to find candidates to fill two Northern District judgeships.
For now, most Federal Court cases are being heard in Atlanta, although Federal judges from Atlanta do sometimes make the trip to Rome to hear trials.