J. Daniel Breen
|John Daniel Breen|
|Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee|
Assumed office |
March 18, 2017
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee|
August 23, 2013 – March 18, 2017
|Preceded by||Jon Phipps McCalla|
|Succeeded by||Stanley Thomas Anderson|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee|
March 14, 2003 – March 18, 2017
|Appointed by||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Julia Smith Gibbons|
John Daniel Breen|
July 10, 1950
Spring Hill College (B.A.)|
University of Tennessee College of Law (J.D.)
John Daniel Breen (born July 10, 1950) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.
Education and career
Born in Jackson, Tennessee, Breen received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Spring Hill College in 1972 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1975. He was in private practice in Jackson from 1975 to 1991. He served as United States Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee from 1991 to 2003 before being nominated as a federal judge.
District court service
On January 7, 2003, Breen was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee vacated by Julia Smith Gibbons. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 13, 2003 and received his commission on March 14, 2003. He served chief judge from August 8, 2013 to March 18, 2017. He assumed senior status on March 18, 2017.
Breen presided over the case of Daniel Cowart and Paul Schlesselman, the perpetrators in the Barack Obama assassination plot in Tennessee. In 2010, Breen convicted the two of conspiracy to murder Obama and other African-American people and sentenced Cowart and Schlesselman to 14 and 10 years in federal prison respectively; both suspects pleaded guilty to conspiracy to their charges.
- U.S. Public Records Index, Vol 1 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2010.
- "Obama assassination plot: Paul Schlesselman sentenced to 10 years for plotting murder spree". New York Daily News. April 16, 2010. Retrieved January 9, 2011.
- "Tennessee Man Sentenced for Conspiring to Commit Murders of African-Americans" (Press release). Federal Bureau of Investigation, Memphis. October 22, 2010. Archived from the original on August 5, 2011.
- J. Daniel Breen at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Julia Smith Gibbons
| Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
Jon Phipps McCalla
| Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
Stanley Thomas Anderson