George B. Daniels
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|George B. Daniels|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York|
March 9, 2000
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||Robert P. Patterson, Jr.|
|Born||1953 (age 62–63)
Allendale, South Carolina, US
|Alma mater||Yale University
UC Berkeley School of Law
George Benjamin Daniels (born 1953) is a United States federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Background and education
Daniels was born in Allendale, South Carolina. He graduated from Suffield Academy in 1971, and received a BA from Yale University in 1975. He received a JD from the UC Berkeley School of Law in 1978.
Daniels was as a criminal defense attorney for the Legal Aid Society of New York from 1978-1980. Afterwards, he clerked for Chief Justice Rose E. Bird of the California Supreme Court from 1980-1981. He was a Bar review course instructor at the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1981. From 1981 to 1983, he was in private practice with the New York law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Daniels served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York from 1983 to 1989. He was an Adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School from 1988 to 1991.
In 1989, Judge Daniels was appointed a Judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York by Mayor Edward I. Koch. In 1990, Judge Daniels stepped down from the bench to serve as Counsel to the Mayor of the City of New York David N. Dinkins. In 1993, Judge Daniels was re-appointed a Judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York by Mayor David N. Dinkins. In 1995, Judge Daniels was elected a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York.
Daniels was nominated by President Bill Clinton on August 5, 1999 to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, vacated by Robert P. Patterson, Jr.. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 24, 2000, and received his commission on March 9, 2000.
Judgement against Iran for 9/11 attacks
Judge Daniels ordered Iran to pay over $10 billion in damages to families of victims who died on September 11, 2001 including $3 billion to Chubb Limited, citing evidence that Iran "provided material support" and training to al Qaeda members, including 9/11 hijackers, through Hezbollah prior to the attacks and was therefore liable. Earlier in 2015, Daniels had ruled that Saudi Arabia had sovereign immunity and dismissed all charges against the kingdom for its alleged role in the attacks.
- New York State Bar search
- Julian Hattern (9 September 2015). "Judge dismisses 9/11 charges against Saudi Arabia". Retrieved 11 March 2016.
- http://www.nysd.uscourts.gov/judge/Daniels Court room contact information
- George B. Daniels at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Robert P. Patterson, Jr.
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York