U.S. Magistrate Judge
Terry I. Adelman of the
Eastern District of Missouri
passed away on January
2, 2017, at the age of 71,
of complications from
pneumonia. He had served
on the Court for 22 years. He began his tenure with
the Court in December 1992, served as Chief U.S.
Magistrate Judge from November 2001 to September
2008, and retired in April 2015.
Judge Adelman was born August 20, 1945, in East St.
Louis, Illinois. He graduated from the University of
Illinois with his bachelor’s degree in 1967 and from
Saint Louis University School of Law in 1970, where he
was a member of the Journal.
He served as Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1971 to
1979 and as First Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1979 to
1992, before his appointment to the federal bench.
Involved in prosecuting many white-collar criminals
and “corrupt” officials, he was the prosecutor in the
well-known Stix & Company accounting firm case
and in the bribery case against then Missouri House
Speaker Richard Rabbitt in 1978.
Judge Adelman was widely known as an expert on
difficult issues of federal criminal procedure and
taught a seminar on white-collar crime at Saint
Louis University School of Law from 1991 until 2016.
He served on various bar and judicial committees,
including the Eighth Circuit’s Model Criminal Jury
Instructions Subcommittee from 1988 to 2009.
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