A. Howard Matz (born 1943) is an American lawyer and
judge. He has sat on the United States District Court for the Central District of Californiasince 1998.
Matz was born in
Brooklyn, New York. He received his Bachelor of Artsdegree from Columbia Universityin 1965 and his J.D. from Harvard Law Schoolin 1968. Matz clerked for Judge Morris E. Laskerof the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He was in private practice in New York Cityfrom 1969 to 1970.
Matz moved in
Californiaand was in private practice in Los Angeles with Hughes Hubbard & Reedfrom 1972 to 1974. He served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California from 1974 to 1978, and was chief of the Special Prosecutions Unit from 1977 to 1978, when he left the Attorney General's office to return to Hughes Hubbard as a partner.
Bill Clintonnominated Matz to the United States District Court for the Central District of California on October 20, 1997, to a seat vacated by Harry L. Hupp.
* After nearly four decades of experience in the law, Howard Matz found himself embroiled in international controversy over the treatment of
Talibanand Al Qaedaprisoners at Guantanamo Bay's Camp X-Ray. Judge Matz presided over the first legal challenge to the United States Government's treatment of those prisoners, in a petition brought by a civil rightsgroup seeking habeas corpusfor 158 "detainees." Judge Matz dismissed the petition on the grounds that United States courts do not have jurisdiction over the Cuban base where detainees are held and that the petitioners lacked standing since they had no "significant relationship" with the prisoners. In his ruling, Judge Matz emphasized that "nothing in this ruling suggests that the captives are entitled to no legal protection whatsoever."
*Matz was the judge in the copyright law case "
Perfect 10 v. Google, Inc.". In the case, " Perfect 10" sued Google Booksinitiative. Matz rejected Google's fair useclaim, which marked a reversal from the " Kelly v. Arriba Soft Corporation" case.
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