Judge in James case is political veteran

The United States of America v. Sharpe James has been assigned to U.S. District Court Judge William Martini, who is no stranger to politics. Before his appointment to the federal bench, Martini served as a Clifton Councilman, Passaic County Freeholder, and from 1995 to 1997, as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Martini defeated Democrat Herbert Klein to win the eighth district congressional seat in the 1994 GOP landslide, but narrowly lost his bid for re-election in 1996 to Democrat Bill Pascrell, Jr. Assignments of federal court trials are done randomly.

Judge in James case is political veteran