Anthony Trenga

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Anthony John Trenga
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Assumed office
October 14, 2008
Appointed byGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byWalter Kelley
Personal details
Anthony John Trenga

1949 (age 69–70)
Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania
EducationPrinceton University (A.B.)
University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.)

Anthony John Trenga (born 1949) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.


Trenga was born in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Mercersburg Academy in 1967[1] and received an Artium Baccalaureus degree from Princeton University in 1971. He received a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1974. He was a law clerk to Judge Ted Dalton of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia from 1974 to 1975.


From 1975 to 1987, Trenga was in private practice in Washington, D.C. with the law firm Sachs, Greenebaum & Tayler, becoming a partner in 1982. He was managing partner at Hazel & Thomas in Alexandria, Virginia from 1987 to 1998, and back in the District of Columbia from 1998 to 2008 with Miller & Chevalier.[2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Trenga is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria. Trenga was nominated by President George W. Bush on July 17, 2008, to a seat vacated by Walter Kelley. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 26, 2008, and received his commission on October 14, 2008.

Notable cases[edit]

In October 2009, Trenga set aside the jury conviction of two top sales people at Teach me to Trade, a part of Whitney Information Network,[3] which uses infomercials and hotel seminars across the country to sell courses and software on making money in the stock market. In a 51-page ruling, Trenga said prosecutors failed to show Utah residents Linda Woolf and David Gengler had been part of any fraud scheme.[4]

On March 24, 2017, Trenga was the first federal judge to rule in favor of the Trump administration's executive order that limits travel from six Muslim-majority countries.[5]

On May 16th, 2019, Trenga incarcerated the famed whistle-blower Chelsea Manning after she once again refused to testify before a Federal grand jury by holding her in contempt and sending her back to prison a second time, also adding the threat of daily fines of up to $500 a day after 30 days and rising to $1000 a day after 60 days. This return to captivity occurred mere days after Manning was freed from sixty-two days of incarceration for allegedly committing the same offense before another Federal grand jury.[6]


  1. ^ "Order In the Court" Mercersburg Magazine Winter 2014, page 25. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  2. ^ "New U.S. Judge in N.Va. Is Cited as Thorough and Fair" by Jerry Markon with staff research by Meg Smith, Washington Post, March 19, 2009. Retrieved Oct. 26, 2009.
  3. ^ "Duo From 'Teach Me to Trade' Seminars Charged With Fraud" by Matthew Barakat, Associated Press via Washington Post, March 12, 2008. Retrieved Oct. 26, 2009.
  4. ^ "Judge Tosses Verdicts Against Infomercial Pair" Associated Press via The New York Times, October 26, 2009. Retrieved Oct. 26, 2009.
  5. ^ Rosenberg, Mica (March 24, 2017). "Virginia court rules for Trump in travel ban dispute, order still halted". Reuters. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  6. ^ Hosenball, Mark (May 16, 2019). "Ex-soldier and WikiLeaks source Manning returned to jail for defying grand jury subpoena". Reuters. Retrieved May 16, 2019.


Legal offices
Preceded by
Walter Kelley
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia