Federal judge John Gleeson renominated to U.S. sentencing commission

October 19, 2023 Rob Abruzzese
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President Joe Biden has renominated Judge John Gleeson to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, a bipartisan independent agency tasked with reducing sentencing disparities and promoting transparency in criminal sentencing. The move is part of the president’s 40th round of judicial nominees, announced on Oct. 18, 2023.

Gleeson, who has more than three decades of experience in the legal field, served the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York from 1994 to 2016. Prior to that, he was an assistant U.S. attorney in the same district from 1985 to 1994. He has been a partner at Debevoise and Plimpton LLP in New York since 2016 and joined the U.S. Sentencing Commission in 2022.

If confirmed, Judge Gleeson will continue serving alongside Judge Claria Horn Boom and the president’s five other bipartisan nominees whose terms have not yet expired. The commission had been without a quorum from 2019 until 2022, hindering its ability to conduct essential business. Gleeson’s renomination comes at a significant moment as the commission seeks to regain its full operational capacity.

Judge Gleeson served as a law clerk for Judge Boyce Martin on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1980 and received a B.A. from Georgetown University in 1975.

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