Leonie Brinkema

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Leonie Milhomme Brinkema
Born(1944-06-26)June 26, 1944
Teaneck, New Jersey
Nationality United States
EducationB.A. 1966
M.L.S. 1970
J.D. 1976.
Alma materDouglass College, Rutgers University, Cornell Law School
(also University of Michigan, New York University)
Occupationlawyer
TitleUnited States District Court Judge
TermOctober 20, 1993 —
PredecessorAlbert V. Bryan Jr.
Spouse(s)John Robert Brinkema, Dec. 22, 1966
ChildrenRobert Aaron
Eugenie Alexandra
ParentsAlexander Juste Milhomme
Modeste Leonie Milhomme
Notes
 
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Leonie Milhomme Brinkema
Born(1944-06-26)June 26, 1944
Teaneck, New Jersey
Nationality United States
EducationB.A. 1966
M.L.S. 1970
J.D. 1976.
Alma materDouglass College, Rutgers University, Cornell Law School
(also University of Michigan, New York University)
Occupationlawyer
TitleUnited States District Court Judge
TermOctober 20, 1993 —
PredecessorAlbert V. Bryan Jr.
Spouse(s)John Robert Brinkema, Dec. 22, 1966
ChildrenRobert Aaron
Eugenie Alexandra
ParentsAlexander Juste Milhomme
Modeste Leonie Milhomme
Notes

Leonie M. Brinkema (born June 26, 1944) is a United States District Court judge, in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Early life and education[edit]

Of Dutch descent,[citation needed] Brinkema was born in Teaneck, New Jersey.[3] She received her B.A. from Douglass College in 1966 and undertook graduate studies in philosophy at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1966) and New York University (1967–1969). She earned her M.L.S. at Rutgers University in 1970 and her J.D. at Cornell Law School in 1976.

Legal career[edit]

She worked in the United States Department of Justice Criminal Division's Public Integrity Section 1976–1977, and then the U.S. Attorney's office in the Eastern District of Virginia, Criminal Division 1977–1983. During 1983–1984 she returned to the Criminal Division and worked as a solo practitioner from 1984–1985.

Federal judicial career[edit]

Brinkema was a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of Virginia from 1985 to 1993.

On August 6, 1993, President Bill Clinton nominated Brinkema to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia vacated by Albert V. Bryan. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 18, 1993, and received her commission on October 20, 1993. She took up her post on October 23, 1993.

Brinkema presided over RTC v. Lerma et al. (1995), a case that involved the reproduction of materials owned by the Church of Scientology. Brinkema found for the defendants in most of the claims, and awarded minimum damages of $2,500 for copyright infringement, citing the "increasingly vitriolic rhetoric" of RTC's legal filings.

On October 28, 2003, she sentenced al-Qaeda operative Iyman Faris to twenty years imprisonment for providing material support to the group.

Brinkema presided over the case of 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui.[4] When she asked about the videotapes showing the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, the government denied their existence.[5] As she sentenced Moussaoui to life in a supermax prison, she told him he would "die with a whimper."[6] She told him: “You came here to be a martyr and to die in a great big bang of glory, but to paraphrase the poet T. S. Eliot, instead, you will die with a whimper. The rest of your life you will spend in prison." Mr. Moussaoui began to respond, but Judge Brinkema continued. “You will never again get a chance to speak,” she said, “and that is an appropriate and fair ending.”[7]

On April 2, 2009, Brinkema weighed in on the question of whether terrorist detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp could be prosecuted in the civilian justice system.[8]

In 2011, she presided over the convictions and sentencing of the CEO of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker for fraud. During his sentencing hearing on June 30, 2011, she said that she did not observe any genuine remorse, and sentenced the 58-year-old Farkas to 30 years in federal prison.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Brinkema's husband is a 1961 graduate of Ramapo High School.[10] He works for the Judicial Conference of the United States.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leonie Milhomme Brinkema." Marquis Who's Who TM. Marquis Who's Who, 2008. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale, 2008. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC Document Number: K2015128316. Fee, via Fairfax County Public Library. Retrieved December 15, 2008.
  2. ^ "Leonie M Brinkema." Carroll's Federal Directory. Carroll Publishing, 2008. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2008. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC Document Number: K2415008174. Fee, via Fairfax County Public Library. Retrieved December 15, 2008.
  3. ^ Goldman, Jessica. "Moussaoui Judge Minces No Words", CBS News, March 13, 2006. Accessed may 26, 2010.
  4. ^ "Q&A: Moussaoui trial". BBC News. May 3, 2006. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  5. ^ Goodman, Amy (December 10, 2007). "Did CIA Destroy Tapes Showing Waterboarding and Involvement of Psychologists in Torture?". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  6. ^ "Judge hits back in Moussaoui spat". BBC. May 4, 2006. Retrieved 2008-12-15. "The judge told Moussaoui: "You came here to be a martyr in a great big bang of glory, but to paraphrase the poet T.S. Eliot, instead you will die with a whimper. "You will never get a chance to speak again and that's an appropriate ending."" 
  7. ^ Weiser, Benjamin (July 5, 2010). "Tirade Offers Insight on Would-Be Times Sq. Bomber". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ Matthew Barakat (2009-04-02). "Fed. judge says courts can handle Gitmo cases". Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-04-03. 
  9. ^ Protess, Ben (June 30, 2011). "Mortgage Executive Receives 30-Year Sentence". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ "RRHS Alumni Association - Class List". Ramapo High School Alumni Association. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 

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