J. Ronnie Greer

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James Ronnie Greer
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
Assumed office
June 12, 2003
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Thomas Gray Hull
Personal details
Born James Ronnie Greer
1952 (age 64–65)
Mountain City, Tennessee
Education East Tennessee State University B.S.
University of Tennessee College of Law J.D.

James Ronnie Greer, known professionally as J. Ronnie Greer, (born 1952) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.[1]

Education and career[edit]

Born in Mountain City, Tennessee, Greer received a Bachelor of Science degree from East Tennessee State University in 1974 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1980. He was a special assistant to Governor Lamar Alexander in Nashville from 1980 to 1981. He entered private practice in 1981, and was also the campaign manager for the Robin Beard U.S. Senate Campaign from 1981 to 1982, returning to full-time private practice in Greeneville from 1983 to 2003. He was a county attorney of Greene County from 1985 to 1986, and was then a state senator in the Tennessee General Assembly from 1986 to 1994.

District court service[edit]

On April 9, 2003, Greer was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee vacated by Thomas Gray Hull. Greer was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 11, 2003, and received his commission on June 12, 2003.

Notable case[edit]

He is known for his tough sentence of moonshiner Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton.[2] Sutton's wife maintains that this sentence was the reason he committed suicide.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. 
  2. ^ "Famed moonshiner gets 18 months". Times-News. Associated Press. January 26, 2009. Retrieved March 29, 2009. 

Sources[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Thomas Gray Hull
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
2003–present
Incumbent