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United States District Judge Tucker L. Melancon
Judicial seat Seat created in 1881 by the presidential administration of James A. Garfield, Western District of Louisiana, Fifth Circuit
Term Start 11 February 1994
Term End December 2006
Nominator and date of nomination Bill Clinton, 18 November 1993
Date of Senatorial Confirmation 10 February 1994
Predecessor Tom Stagg
Successor Incumbent
Born 1946, Bryan, Texas
Other information Judge Melancon is a survivor of breast cancer which he was diagnosed as having in 2002. He is presently on the Board of Directors for the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.

Tucker L. Melancon (born 1946) is an American judge who serves on the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana in Lafayette, Louisiana.[1] He joined the court in 1994 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. He is serving on senior status.


Education and career

He graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1968. He finished studies at Tulane Law School in 1973. He was a managing partner at Melancon & Rabalais, private practice with his colleague, Rodney M. Rabalais, in Marksville, Louisiana, 1973-1993.

On the unanimous recommendation of Louisiana [U.S. Senators John Breaux and Bennett Johnston, Melancon was nominated by President Bill Clinton on November 18, 1993 to a seat vacated by Tom Stagg as Stagg assumed senior status. Melancon was Confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 10, 1994 on a Senate vote and received commission on February 11, 1994.

Bar Admissions [2]

Notable cases

Melancon has presided over a number of cases in his judicial tenure of more than ten years. He has heard a variety of trials, ranging from: class action, tax evasion, drug trafficking, cross burning, as well as issues where the First Amendment and Clean Water Act standards were at stake or being violated. However, his legacy might be his devotion to the tragically-discouraging cause of desegregation in the public schools of the parishes that fall under his jurisdiction, such as St. Landry, Evangeline, and Franklin, among others.[3][4] He sentenced one Evangeline Parish Board member to a short 10 days of incarceration with three days suspension, as well as high fines for criminal contempt (or contempt of court) a charge to which the Board member had pleaded guilty for attempting to manipulate a Court-ordered employment process.[5] One fine, US $3,000, was, according to Judge Melancon, retribution for what he said was the Board member's violation of the Court's desegregation order.[6] Judge Melancon was accused in one Fifth Circuit decision of being "heavy handed" and tending towards "over management" in his dealings with the parish School Boards on the desegregation issues[7]


Judge Melancon was diagnosed with stage-three breast cancer in 2003.[8] After undergoing a mastectomy, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy, the cancer went into remission but resurfaced three years later.[8] His wife, Diana Moore, helped him carve out a raw foods diet they learned from the Hippocrates Health Institute in Palm Beach, Florida.[8] A German study in 2003 concluded that a diet of raw vegetables can significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer.[9]


  • "Nothing is more sacred than the First Amendment... You don't change the standard just because it involves minors." He said these words in August 2000 during the Skate Zone trial in Iberia Parish.[10]

Other Roles


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  2. ^ Lawyer Directory
  3. ^ Consent Decree, Civil Action #15,632 (Monroe Division) US District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  4. ^ Burgess, Richard (15 December 2006) "School system's deadline remains." Baton Rouge Advocate
  5. ^ Vosper, Yuwa (15 December 2006) "Board member gets jail time." Daily World
  6. ^ Burgess, Richard (16 December 2006) "Savoy serving three days in jail." Baton Rouge Advocate
  7. ^ Burgess, Richard (18 May 2005) "5th Circuit criticizes judge's "heavy-handed ... style" in desegregation case."
  8. ^ a b c ["http://www.wafb.com/Global/story.asp?S=9578861" Britt, Donna: "Federal judge uses special diet in his fight against cancer," Louisiana's WAFB, TV Channel 9 news, 25 December 2008]
  9. ^ Adzersen, KH; Jess; Freivogel; Gerhard; Bastert (2003). "Raw and cooked vegetables, fruits, selected micronutrients, and breast cancer risk: a case-control study in Germany." Nutrition and cancer 46 (2): 131–7. doi:10.1207/S15327914NC4602_05. PMID 14690788.
  10. ^ "Owner asks judge to reopen skating rink closed for playing 'vulgar' music." Associated Press (3 August 2000)
  11. ^ Board member's information, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

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