January 2017

In Memoriam: Judge Terry I. Adelman

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.