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Amy Berman Jackson (born July 22, 1954, as Amy Berman) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Jackson was born on July 22, 1954, in Baltimore, Maryland. She is Jewish. She is the daughter of Mildred (Sauber) and Barnett Berman, a physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She received her A.B. cum laude from Harvard College in 1976 and her Juris Doctor cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1979. After graduating from law school, Jackson served as a law clerk to Judge Harrison L. Winter of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. From 1980 to 1986, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where she received Department of Justice Special Achievement Awards for her work on high-profile murder and sexual assault cases in 1985 and 1986. From 1986 to 1994, Jackson was an associate and then a partner at Venable, Baetjer, Howard and Civiletti.
Amy Berman Jackson
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia|
|Assumed office |
March 18, 2011
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||Gladys Kessler|
(1954-07-22) July 22, 1954 (age 64)
|Children||Matthew Barnett Jackson|
|Education||Harvard College (A.B.)|
Harvard Law School (J.D.)
Amy Berman Jackson (born July 22, 1954, as Amy Berman) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
After graduating from law school, Jackson served as a law clerk to Judge Harrison L. Winter of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. From 1980 to 1986, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where she received Department of Justice Special Achievement Awards for her work on high-profile murder and sexual assault cases in 1985 and 1986. From 1986 to 1994, Jackson was an associate and then a partner at Venable, Baetjer, Howard and Civiletti.
From 2000 until her appointment as a federal judge, Jackson was a member of the law firm Trout Cacheris & Solomon PLLC in Washington, D.C. where she specialized in complex litigation, criminal investigations and defense, criminal trials, civil trials, and appeals. In 2009 Jackson represented nine-term Representative for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district William J. Jefferson in his corruption trial.
On June 17, 2010, President Obama nominated Jackson to fill a vacant seat on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia that was created by the transition to senior status in 2007 by Judge Gladys Kessler. Her nomination lapsed at the end of 2010, but Obama renominated her on January 5, 2011. The United States Senate confirmed Jackson in a 97–0 vote on March 17, 2011. She received her commission the next day.
Also in March 2012, Jackson overturned a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that revoked a permit for the Spruce 1 mine project in Logan County, West Virginia, on the ground that the EPA did not have power under the Clean Water Act to rescind the permit. That ruling was reversed by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in April 2013, and on September 30, 2014, Jackson ruled in the EPA's favor, allowing its veto of the permit to stand.
Jackson presided at the August 2013 sentencing of former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. and his wife, Sandi Jackson (who are not related to Judge Jackson). She sentenced the former congressman and his wife, who pleaded guilty to misuse of campaign funds, to 30 months and 12 months, respectively.
In December 2013, in the case of Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington v. Sebelius, Jackson ruled against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Washington in its challenge to the contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act as applied to its employees. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies made accommodations for religious organizations, under which such organizations do not have to "provide, pay for, or facilitate access to contraception" if they certify their objection to doing so. Jackson rejected the archdiocese's argument that the act of "self-certifying" in itself constitutes a substantial burden on the archdiocese's right to freely exercise religion.
In May 2017, Jackson dismissed a wrongful death suit filed against Hillary Clinton by the parents of two of the Americans killed in the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, on the basis of the Westfall Act.
In October 2017, Jackson was assigned to preside over the criminal case that Special Counsel Robert Mueller brought against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election. She accepted their "not guilty" pleas, granted bail, confiscated their passports, and ordered them to be held under house arrest. She also warned defense lawyers not to discuss the case outside of court. On June 15, 2018, after the prosecution accused him of attempted witness tampering, Jackson revoked Manafort's bail and sent him to jail until his upcoming federal trials to prevent him from having contact with people. On February 23, 2018, Gates pleaded guilty to one count of false statements and one count of conspiracy against the United States. The plea bargain included an agreement to cooperate with the Mueller investigation. On September 14, 2018, Manafort pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy against the United States. The plea bargain included an agreement to cooperate with the Mueller investigation. On February 13, 2019, Jackson ruled that Manafort had lied to Mueller's office, the FBI and a grand jury after his guilty plea about his interactions with Konstantin Kilimnik, a man the FBI believes has ties to Russian intelligence agencies. Jackson ruled that the special counsel was no longer bound by the terms of Manafort's plea, which included advocating a sentence reduction for him.
On April 3, 2018, Jackson sentenced Alex van der Zwaan to one month in prison, a $20,000 fine, and two months of supervised release.
In January 2019 Jackson was assigned the case of Roger Stone, an informal advisor to Trump, following his indictment by the Mueller investigation on seven counts including false statements, obstruction, and witness tampering. On February 15, after Stone spent several days railing against the charges in a series of public appearances and interviews, Jackson imposed a limited gag order on him and his attorneys. On February 18 he published an Instagram post with an attack on Jackson along with a picture of her that many commentators perceived as a possible threat. He later took it down and apologized, but Jackson ordered him to a February 21 court hearing at which she tightened the terms of his gag order, saying, "From this moment on, the defendant may not speak publicly about this case—period."
Jackson served on the board of the Washington D.C. Rape Crisis Center and has also been a member of the Parent Steering Committee of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders.
Jackson is married to Darryl W. Jackson, who worked in Export Enforcement as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for George W. Bush in 2005 after leaving the Arnold & Porter firm. They have a son, Matt Jackson.
The 23 year-old contestant’s father is Washington attorney Darryl Jackson, who was a Commerce Department official under former President George W. Bush.
Jackson replied: “My mother is white, liberal and Jewish, and my dad is black, Christian and conservative.” Jackson said his biggest influence was his grandfather Barnett Berman, a Johns Hopkins physician
On October 7, 2005, the United States Senate confirmed President Bush's nomination of Darryl W. Jackson, of the District of Columbia, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement
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