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U.S. v. Michael Zeidler: Docket 19-CR-20057

In an effort to assist those individuals who have been affected by this case, this webpage has been developed to provide court and case related information. This does not replace written notification to those identified as victims of the charged offenses (which currently include distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography), it simply provides an additional resource from which to obtain information.


Please Note:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and public closure of the United States District Courthouse, the scheduled court hearing dates are frequently changing.  Please check this website for the most up to date court hearing dates or contact Victim Witness Coordinator, Sandy Palazzolo at 313-226-9633.


9/11/2020 - A TENTATIVE Plea Hearing has been scheduled to take place on October 1, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.  Access is limited to view only via the Zoom Meeting link or or listen only via the call in number.  See below for the internet link or call in access information.    

Hearing Access

Important: Any recording of a court proceeding held by video or teleconference, including "screenshots" or other visual copying of a hearing, is absolutely prohibited. Violation of these prohibitions may result in sanctions, including removal of court-issued media credentials, restricted entry to future hearings, denial of entry to future hearings, or any other sanctions deemed necessary by the court. Members of the press and the public are also expected to mute their phones during telephonic hearings and to not disrupt proceedings in any manner.

Local Rule 83.32( (e)(2): "Taking photographs or video recordings in connection with any Judicial Proceeding... and the recording or broadcasting of Judicial Proceedings by radio or television or other means is prohibited."

Zoom Webinar Information: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1615491246?pwd=WW90Njg1eFluVHE4L2l4V1NhYVZTZz09      Passcode: 779281 Or iPhone one-tap : US: +16692545252,,1615491246# or +16468287666,,1615491246# Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666 Webinar ID: 161 549 1246|. (MLan) (Entered: 09/11/2020)  

NOTE:   For anyone planning on viewing this hearing, please contact Sandy Palazzolo at 313-226-9633 one day prior to the meeting date and time to verify the hearing has not been adjourned.  


9/2/2020 - A Motion Hearing has been scheduled to take place on September 10, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.  This hearing can be viewed on-line via Zoom Meeting.  Access is limited to view only via the Zoom Meeting link or or listen only via the call in number.  See below for the internet link or call in access information.    

Hearing Access

Important: Any recording of a court proceeding held by video or teleconference, including "screenshots" or other visual copying of a hearing, is absolutely prohibited. Violation of these prohibitions may result in sanctions, including removal of court-issued media credentials, restricted entry to future hearings, denial of entry to future hearings, or any other sanctions deemed necessary by the court. Members of the press and the public are also expected to mute their phones during telephonic hearings and to not disrupt proceedings in any manner.

Local Rule 83.32( (e)(2): "Taking photographs or video recordings in connection with any Judicial Proceeding... and the recording or broadcasting of Judicial Proceedings by radio or television or other means is prohibited."


United States of America v. Zeidler (case 2:19-cr-20057-AJT-APP-1) being held on Thursday 09/10/2020 at 12:00 PM.

Connection Information for United States of America v. Zeidler (2:19-cr-20057-AJT-APP-1):

Zoom Webinar Information: https://zoom.us/j/98756221592?pwd=Z3owSUFQNFNLcTNKdk1tOExzd3ZlQT09 Passcode: 619932
Or iPhone one-tap : US: +13126266799,,98756221592#,,,,,,0#,,619932# or +16027530140,,98756221592#,,,,,,0#,,619932#
Or Call: 312-626-6799    Webinar ID: 987 5622 1592   Passcode: 619932

NOTE:   For anyone planning on viewing this hearing, please contact Sandy Palazzolo at 313-226-9633 one day prior to the meeting date and time to verify the hearing has not been adjourned.  


5/27/2020 - The Status Hearing scheduled to take place on June 24, 2020 and the Trial scheduled to begin on July 6, 202 have been rescheduled by the Court.  

Please be advised that the Status Hearing is now scheduled for August 6, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.   The Trial is now scheduled to begin on September 21, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.    Both hearings will take place before the Honorable Arthur J. Tarnow in Courtroom 107, United States District Court, 231 W. Lafayette, Detroit, MI 48226.

Please continue to check this website for updates.   For anyone planning on attending the hearings, please contact Sandy Palazzolo at 313-226-9633 prior to the scheduled hearing dates to confirm the dates and times. 


4/15/2020 - A Status Hearing has been scheduled for June 24, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.  This hearing will take place before the Honorable Arthur J. Tarnow in Courtroom 107, United States District Court, 231 W. Lafayette, Detroit, MI 48226.

Please continue to check this website for updates to the scheduled hearing dates.   For anyone planning on attending the hearing, please contact Sandy Palazzolo prior to June 24, 2020.


3/10/2020 -  The scheduled Status Conference did not take place in open court.  Defendant Zeidler, instead, appeared before Magistrate Judge Grand for the Arraignment of the Third Superseding Indictment. 

A tentative Trial date has been scheduled to begin on July 6, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.  The trial will take place before the Honorable Arthur J. Tarnow in Courtroom 107, United States District Court, 231 W. Lafayette, Detroit, MI 48226.  

Please continue to check this website for any updates to the scheduled hearing dates.  For anyone planning on attending the trial, please contact Sandy Palazzolo prior to July 6, 2020. 


2/5/20 - A Third Superseding Indictment is returned by the Grand Jury against defendant Zeidler. 

For a copy of the Third Superseding Indictment, please click HERE.


2/10/2020 - A Motion Hearing has been scheduled for February 26, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. before the Honorable Arthur J. Tarnow.   This hearing will address an outstanding matter regarding the superseding indictment and the addition of criminal charges. 

If you plan on attending this court hearing, please contact Sandy Palazzolo, Victim Witness Coordinator, United States Attorney's Office at 313-226-9633 one day prior to the scheduled hearing to confirm the date and time.  PLEASE NOTE: Cell phones and other electronic devices are not permitted in the courthouse. 


1/24/2020 - The Trial, previously scheduled for February 4, 2020 has been rescheduled by the Court.   A new Trial date has been scheduled to begin on April 27, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. before the Honorable Arthur J. Tarnow. 

Any updates to the hearing dates and times will be posted to this web page.  If you plan on attending, please contact Sandy Palazzolo, Victim Witness Coordinator, United States Attorney’s Office at 313-226-9633 one day prior to the scheduled hearing to confirm the date and time.


1/8/2020 - A Second Superseding Indictment is returned by the Grand Jury against defendant Zeidler.

For a copy of the Second Superseding Indictment, please click HERE.


12/10/2019 - Defendant Zeidler was arraigned on the Superseding Indictment.   Judge Arthur J. Tarnow scheduled a final Pretrial Conference to take place on January 27, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.  

A tentative Trial has been scheduled to begin on February 4, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE: If you plan on attending any of the scheduled court hearings, please contact Sandy Palazzolo, Victim Witness Coordinator (313-226-9633) or Sherri Holloway, Victim Witness Specialist (313-226-9753), or refer to this webpage to confirm the date and time.  It is not uncommon for hearing dates to change, and on occasion, the changes may be made at the last minute.  Cell phones and other electonic devices are not permitted in the courthouse.   

Due to rennovations taking place in the courthouse, courtroom changes may occur.  Please check this website for the latest courtroom location or confirm the courtroom number for Judge Arthur J. Tarnow with the courthouse guards as you pass through the security checkpoint.  


12/5/2019 -  A Superseding Indictment is returned by the grand jury for defendant Zeidler.  The Superseding Indictment adds 3 counts of Production of Child Pornography to the charges in the original indictment. 

An indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Further updates to court events and case status will be posted to this website. 

For a copy of the Superseding indictment, please click HERE.


10/23/2019 - On 10/22/2019 the court adjourned the tentative plea date originally scheduled for October 23, 2019.   The new date scheduled for a tentative plea/status conference is December 9, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.  This hearing will take place before the Honorable Arthur J. Tarnow in courtroom 218.   This courtroom is subject to changes so please contact Sandy Palazzolo, Victim Witness Coordinator, United States Attorney's Office at 313-226-9633 one day prior to the scheduled hearing to confirm the date, time and courtroom number.


On February 5, 2019  Michael Zeidler was indicted on one count of Distribution of Child Pornography; one count of Receipt of Child Pornography; and one count of Possession of Child Pornography.  A tentative plea date has been scheduled for October 23, 2019 11:00 a.m. before the Honorable Arthur J. Tarnow.  Any updates to the hearing dates and times will be posted to this web page.  If you plan on attending, please contact Sandy Palazzolo, Victim Witness Coordinator, United States Attorney’s Office at 313-226-9633 one day prior to the scheduled hearing to confirm the date and time.

For a copy of the indictment, please click HERE.

Updated September 15, 2020

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