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Meet Terry Doughty, Louisiana's newest federal judge

August 9, 2018
In The News

Louisiana's newest federal judge was formally seated on the U.S. District Court bench Thursday, although he's been on the job five months.

"We've already closed out 165 cases," said Terry Doughty, laughing, during a standing-room only ceremony at the federal courthouse in Monroe, where he will serve on the Western District of Louisiana.

The sprawling Western District is the state's largest geographically, including 42 parishes with courthouses in Alexandria, Lake Charles, Lafayette, Monroe and Shreveport.

Among those there Thursday were Republican U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, who submitted Doughty for nomination to President Donald Trump; and U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-Alto, a lifelong friend of the judge.

"(Doughty) has lived his live as if it was meant for others," Cassidy said. "Our country, state and community will be incredibly well served."

Abraham had similar praise, saying, "Terry brings everything you want in a judge — intellect, experience and compassion."

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