Jeffrey T. Miller

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Jeffrey T. Miller
Jeffrey T. Miller District Judge.jpg
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California
Assumed office
June 6, 2010
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California
In office
May 27, 1997 – June 6, 2010
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Gordon Thompson, Jr.
Succeeded by Cathy Ann Bencivengo
Judge of the Superior Court of California, San Diego County
In office
1987–1997
Personal details
Born Jeffrey T. Miller
1943 (age 73–74)
New York City, New York
Education University of California, Los Angeles B.A.
UCLA School of Law J.D.

Jeffrey T. Miller (born 1943) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.

Education and career[edit]

Born in New York City, New York, Miller received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1964 and a Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law in 1967. Miller was a deputy state attorney general of California from 1968 to 1987. He was a judge on the California Superior Court for San Diego County from 1987 to 1997.

Federal judicial service[edit]

On January 7, 1997, Miller was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of California vacated by Gordon Thompson, Jr. Miller was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 23, 1997, and received his commission on May 27, 1997. On June 6, 2010 he assumed senior status (which means he remains a federal judge but has a lighter caseload).[1]

Notable cases[edit]

During his tenure as a federal judge, Miller has handled some noteworthy cases.[1] In 2005 he presided over a corruption case against San Diego City Councilmembers Ralph Inzunza and Michael Zucchet. After the jury convicted both men and a co-defendant, Miller took the unusual step of overturning the jury verdict against Zucchet and acquitting him on most of the charges, saying the evidence against him was insufficient. The ruling was upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In 2012 he heard the wrongful death civil suit in the case of the crash of a U.S. Marine jet in 2008, which killed four people in a residential area in San Diego. Trying the case without a jury, Miller awarded $7.8 million to the survivors.[1]

In 2013 he presided over a case against four Somali immigrants who were accused of sending money to the terrorist group al-Shabab. The case used information gathered by a secret National Security Agency (NSA) program of collecting telephone metadata. He sentenced the men to prison; his rulings regarding the NSA's surveillance program are being appealed.[1]

In November 2016, Miller successfully brokered settlement talks in three separate lawsuits against Donald Trump alleging fraudulent practices by Trump University.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Moran, Greg (November 18, 2016). "Jeffrey Miller: The San Diego judge who nailed down the Trump University deal". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Settlement Urged In Trump University Fraud Trial". Associated Press. CBS Los Angeles. November 11, 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Gordon Thompson, Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California
1997–2010
Succeeded by
Cathy Ann Bencivengo