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Northern California Judge Nominated to U.S. Sentencing Commission

April 26, 2012 / Ninth Circuit Public Information Office

President Obama has nominated Senior District Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California to serve on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which sets guidelines for sentencing defendants convicted of federal crimes.  Announced by the White House on April 25, the three-year appointment requires Senate confirmation.

Judge Breyer, 70, was nominated to the federal bench by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate in 1997.  He assumed senior status on December 31, 2011.

"I am deeply honored to be nominated by the President and am looking forward to the confirmation process," Judge Breyer said.

In addition to presiding over cases, Judge Breyer has been active in judicial governance.  He currently serves on the national Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, which determines the venue for litigation spanning multiple federal jurisdictions.  He was previously the U.S. District Judge representative to the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the governing body for federal courts nationwide.  At the local level, he served as an observer member of the Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit, governing body for federal courts in the western states.

A San Francisco native, Judge Breyer is a graduate of Harvard University and the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.  He was in private practice in San Francisco for 23 years before coming onto the federal bench.  His prior career also included serving as an assistant special prosecutor for the Watergate Special Prosecution Force from 1973 to 1974.

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