2014 (18)
How Federal Magistrate Judges Handle Criminal Cases (Mar. 6, 2014)

Date: 03/06/2014

Featuring: Lee Pico

This presentation will describe in detail the work of Federal Magistrate Judges in federal criminal cases. How they conduct initial appearances, preliminary hearings, detention hearings and appoint counsel for indigent defendants.  Federal Magistrate Judges also authorize the issuance of criminal complaints and arrest warrants, as well as various types of search warrants.  In most misdemeanor cases arising in federal enclaves, they conduct all proceedings from initial appearances to trial and sentencing.

About Your Speaker

Lee Pico has been practicing trial law for 41 years. He attended the University of
Akron, School of Law in Akron, Ohio. Lee was in private practice as a partner in the
firm of Harrington, Huxley and Smith in Youngstown, Ohio for seven years handling a
wide variety of tort cases. He and his family moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1980
when he became an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Wyoming. Lee
has prosecuted various criminal cases including: fraud, tax fraud, public corruption,
drug, firearms and crimes on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Lee also served as
Senior Litigation Counsel and First Assistant United States Attorney.
Lee audited several tax courses at the University of Denver Graduate Tax Program. In
1996, he was ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Catholic Church after five years of
academic and spiritual formation at St. Thomas Seminary in Denver. He was awarded
a Master of Theological Science Degree in 2004 from the Pontifical John Paul II
Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America, in
Washington D. C.. In 2005, Lee was assigned to open the Yellowstone National Park
Branch Office of the United States Attorney’s Office. Since then, he has prosecuted
various criminal cases in Yellowstone and in Jackson, Wyoming covering Grand Teton
National Park, the National Elk Refuge, Bridger-Teton and Caribou-Targhee National
Forests and BLM lands. He is a member of the American Chesterton Society. Lee lives
with his wife, Barbara, his adult daughter, Jessica, and two grandchildren, Gabriel
and Bethany.