US Senate Confirms O’Connell to LA Federal Court

Judge Beverly Reid O'Connell

The U.S. Senate confirmed Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell to serve as district judge in the Los Angeles-based Central District of California. O’Connell was confirmed by a 92-0 vote Monday.

This was O’Connell’s second go at confirmation. She was nominated by President Barack Obama in November 2012, but failed to receive a confirmation vote before the last session of Congress. The President renominated her in January.

O’Connell was appointed to the state bench in 2005 by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. She was a federal prosecutor in the Central District from 1995 to 2005 and an associate at Morrison & Foerster from 1990 to 1995.

She is currently an adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law school.

In response to questions from Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, O’Connell said the U.S. Patriot Act, passed in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 World Trade Tower bombings, “did not provide unfettered discretion to law enforcement to intercept telephone conversations.” The act, she said, “provided for judicial oversight and required applications before a judge in order to intercept telephone conversations.”

She also said, on sentencing, that drug education, consisting solely of lectures, “is not extremely effective.” She said studies have shown a combination of factors is required, including active participation by the offender.”

She received her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1990 and her undergraduate degree fro UCLA in 1986.

She has received commendations from the Drug Enforcement Administration and Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office over the years.

She was born in Ventura in 1965.


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