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The annual disclosure report of a federal judge in New Jersey offers a glimpse into the finances of one of America’s most famous wealthy families, the Trumps. The report filed by Senior Judge Maryanne Trump Barry for calendar 2010 runs to 181 pages, longer than any other filed by a federal appeals court judge. It lists investments by Barry or anyone else in her immediate household — hundreds of investments, including corporate stocks, mutual funds, bonds and rental properties in Brooklyn, N.Y. It also lists any transactions and income involving those investments. Barry is the daughter of the late New York real estate developer Fred Trump and the older sister of developer Donald Trump. She has long been among the wealthiest federal judges. A 1983 story in Legal Times cited by The Almanac of the Federal Judiciary reported that her net worth of $2.7 million was the second highest among district court appointees that year. Though Barry was a Ronald Reagan appointee to U.S. District Court in New Jersey, she was a Bill Clinton appointee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit in 1999. She assumed senior status in June. The National Law Journal obtained Barry’s most recent disclosure report through a request made under the Ethics in Government Act to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. It is dated Sept. 1, 2011.   (Scroll to the bottom of this article for the report.) Most of her household investments are held in a variety of trusts, and she disclosed that she’s the trustee or a co-trustee for 11. The assets of one trust, labeled “[Redacted] Trust #3,” cover 37 pages and about 265 separate investments that the trust bought, sold or held. The report shows that Barry, or whoever manages her finances, is more active in trading than other federal appellate judges whose reports The National Law Journal reviewed. On Jan. 14, 2010, for example, her household began purchasing stock in DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. and made 27 additional purchases through July 26 of that year. On Aug. 23, the household began selling the stock in 10 separate transactions. It’s not clear how Barry’s portfolio affects the types of cases she hears. Under federal law and judicial canons, a judge must disqualify herself from cases in which she owns even one share of stock in a litigant, and many of the companies Barry invests in are large, publicly traded corporations such as Google Inc. that are frequently involved in litigation. An assistant in Barry’s chambers in Newark, N.J. declined an interview on her behalf and said she did not have a current copy of her recusal list. Chief Judge Theodore McKee of the 3rd Circuit did not respond to a request left with his chambers in Philadelphia on Tuesday, and a court clerk declined to provide a copy of her recusal list. The length of Barry’s disclosure report has varied widely from year to year, according to an online archive of reports maintained by Judicial Watch, a conservative group in Washington. Her report for 2006 was 77 pages, while her report for 2009 was 277 pages. The next longest report of a federal appellate judge for 2010 was that of Judge Helene White of the 6th Circuit, at 64 pages. David Ingram can be contacted at [email protected].    

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