Richard D. Bennett
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland
Assumed office
June 23, 2021
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland
In office
April 10, 2003 – June 23, 2021
Appointed byGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byFrederic N. Smalkin
Succeeded byDeborah Boardman
Personal details
Born (1947-08-12) August 12, 1947 (age 74)[1]
Baltimore, Maryland
Political partyRepublican[2][3]
EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania (BA)
University of Maryland School of Law (JD)

Richard D. Bennett (born August 12, 1947) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

Education and career

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Bennett received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1973. He was in the United States Army Reserve from 1969 to 1975, and in the Maryland Army National Guard from 1983 to 1997. He rose to the rank of major. He was in private practice in Maryland from 1973–1976, 1981–1991, and 1993–2003, serving in the interim periods as an Assistant United States Attorney of the District of Maryland from 1976 to 1980, and as the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland from 1991 to 1993. He served as Chairman of the Maryland Republican Party from 1998-2000.[4][5][6]

Federal judicial service

On January 29, 2003, Bennett was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland vacated by Frederic N. Smalkin. Bennett was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 9, 2003, and received his commission on April 10, 2003. He assumed senior status on June 23, 2021.

Notable cases

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In 2011 he presided in the case of National Security Agency Whistleblower Thomas Andrews Drake. He was also the trial judge in Snyder v. Phelps, in which case he was reversed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and ultimately by the United States Supreme Court.

References

  1. ^ 108-1 Hearing: Confirmation Hearings on Federal Appointments, S. Hrg. 108-135, Part 2
  2. ^ Republican
  3. ^ "Bennett quitting as Md. GOP chairman after Nov. Elections; Moderate's positions have provoked frequent criticism from party".
  4. ^ "Richard D. Bennett, U.S. District Court Judge (Maryland)".
  5. ^ "Bennett quitting as Md. GOP chairman after Nov. Elections; Moderate's positions have provoked frequent criticism from party".
  6. ^ "State gains U.S. District judge today".

Sources

Legal offices Preceded byFrederic N. Smalkin Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland 2003–2021 Succeeded byDeborah Boardman