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Tuesday, June 2, 2020


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Cormac Carney Becomes Chief Judge for Californiaís Central District


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Cormac J. Carney yesterday became chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

He succeeds Judge Virginia A. Phillips, who served as chief judge since July 1, 2016. She resumed her role as an active judge in the districtís Western Division, in Los Angeles.

Carney, 61, joined the District Court on April 9, 2003. He previously served two years on the Orange Superior Court.

On July 16, 2014, the judge declared Californiaís death penalty to be in contravention of the Eighth Amendmentís ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Aug. 31, 2015, reversed his decision.

Carney received his undergraduate degree from UCLA, where he was a wide receiver on the football team. His law degree is from Harvard.


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