September/October 2013
Judge Buckels to retire

On November 30, 2013, Judge Frederick R. Buckles, Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri, will retire from the bench. Judge Buckles received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri – St. Louis in 1968 and his law degree from St. Louis University School of Law in 1971. As a law student he served as editor of the St. Louis University Law Journal.

He began his legal career as an assistant public defender for St. Louis. In 1974 he became an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, where he served as Chief of the Organized Crime and Violent Crime Section. He prosecuted local madam Marsha Fredrickson, dentist and hitman Glennon Engelman, and members of the Leisure crime gang – one of St. Louis’ most notorious organized crime outfits.

In December 1989 he was appointed as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the E.D. of Missouri, where he served as Chief Magistrate from 1996 to 2001. Judge Buckles recently received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

Congratulations, Judge Buckles!