Amy Berman Jackson

Amy Berman Jackson (born July 22, 1954) is an American attorney and jurist serving as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Amy Berman Jackson
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Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Assumed office
March 18, 2011
Appointed byBarack Obama
Preceded byGladys Kessler
Personal details
Amy Berman

(1954-07-22) July 22, 1954 (age 66)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Spouse(s)Darryl Jackson[1](m. 1989, div. 2013)
Children2, including Matt[1]
EducationHarvard University (AB, JD)

Early life and educationEdit

Amy Berman was born on July 22, 1954, in Baltimore, Maryland,[2] She is the daughter of Mildred (Sauber) and Barnett Berman, a physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital.[3] She received her A.B. from Harvard College in 1976 and her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1979.[4]

Legal careerEdit

After graduating from law school, Jackson served as a law clerk to Judge Harrison L. Winter of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. From 1980 to 1986, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where she received Department of Justice Special Achievement Awards for her work on high-profile murder and sexual assault cases in 1985 and 1986. From 1986 to 1994, Jackson was an associate and then a partner at Venable, Baetjer, Howard and Civiletti.[5]

From 2000 until her appointment as a federal judge, Jackson was a member of the law firm Trout Cacheris & Solomon PLLC in Washington, D.C. where she specialized in complex litigation, criminal investigations and defense, criminal trials, civil trials, and appeals. In 2009 Jackson represented nine-term Representative for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district William J. Jefferson in his corruption trial.

Jackson has served as a legal commentator for Fox News, CNN, NBC, and MSNBC.[6][4]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Nomination and confirmationEdit

On June 17, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Jackson to fill a vacant seat on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia that was created in 2007 when Judge Gladys Kessler took senior status.[5] She was unanimously rated "well qualified" for the post by the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary (the committee's highest rating).[7] Her nomination lapsed at the end of the 111th Congress;[8] Obama renominated her on January 5, 2011, at the beginning of the 112th Congress.[9] The United States Senate confirmed Jackson on March 17, 2011, on a 97–0 vote.[10] She received her commission the next day.[4]

Selected opinionsEdit

In March 2012, Jackson ruled that the National Labor Relations Board had limited authority to require private businesses to display posters informing workers about labor rights.[11]

Also in March 2012, Jackson overturned a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that revoked a permit for the Spruce 1 mine project in Logan County, West Virginia, on the ground that the EPA did not have power under the Clean Water Act to rescind the permit.[12] That ruling was reversed by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in April 2013,[13] and on September 30, 2014, Jackson ruled in the EPA's favor, allowing its veto of the permit to stand.[14]

Jackson presided at the August 2013 sentencing of former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. and his wife, Sandi Jackson (who are not related to Judge Jackson). After guilty pleas to misuse of campaign funds, she sentenced Representative Jackson to 30 months and his wife to 12 months.[15]

In December 2013, in the case of Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington v. Sebelius, Jackson ruled against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Washington in its challenge to the contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act as applied to its employees.[16] The United States Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies made accommodations for religious organizations, under which such organizations do not have to "provide, pay for, or facilitate access to contraception" if they certify their objection to doing so.[16][17] Jackson rejected the archdiocese's argument that the act of "self-certifying" in itself constitutes a substantial burden on the archdiocese's right to freely exercise religion.[17]

In May 2017, Jackson dismissed a wrongful death suit filed against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by the parents of two of the Americans killed in the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, on the basis of the Westfall Act.[18]

In October 2017, Jackson was assigned to preside over the criminal case that Special Counsel Robert Mueller brought against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election cycle. She accepted their "not guilty" pleas, granted bail, confiscated their passports, and ordered them to be held under house arrest. She also warned defense lawyers not to discuss the case outside of court.[19] On June 15, 2018, after the prosecution accused him of attempted witness tampering, Jackson revoked Manafort's bail and sent him to jail until his upcoming federal trials.[20] On February 23, 2018, Gates pleaded guilty to one count of false statements and one count of conspiracy against the United States.[21] The plea bargain included an agreement to cooperate with the Mueller investigation.[22] On September 14, 2018, Manafort pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy against the United States. The plea bargain included an agreement to cooperate with the Mueller investigation.[23] On February 13, 2019, Jackson ruled that Manafort had lied to Mueller's office, the FBI, and a grand jury after his guilty plea about his interactions with Konstantin Kilimnik, a man the FBI believes has ties to Russian intelligence agencies. Jackson ruled that the special counsel was no longer bound by the terms of Manafort's plea, which included advocating a sentence reduction for him.[24]

On April 3, 2018, Jackson sentenced Alex van der Zwaan to one month in prison, a $20,000 fine, and two months of supervised release.[25]

In January 2019 Jackson was assigned the case of Roger Stone, an informal advisor to candidate Donald Trump, following his indictment by the Mueller investigation on seven counts including false statements, obstruction, and witness tampering.[26] On February 15, 2019, Jackson imposed a limited gag order on him and his attorneys.[27] On February 18, he posted an Instagram of Jackson.[28] Stone took it down and apologized, but on February 21, Jackson tightened the terms of his gag order, saying, "From this moment on, the defendant may not speak publicly about this case—period."[29][30]

In February 2020, prosecutors recommended a seven- to nine-year federal prison sentence for Stone. President Trump called the recommendation unfair and "a miscarriage of justice". The Department of Justice recommended a shorter sentence, indicating that it should be "far less."[31] Trump criticized Jackson via Twitter over earlier judicial rulings.[32] On February 20, 2020, Jackson said before Stone's sentencing: “He was not prosecuted, as some have claimed, for standing up for the president. He was prosecuted for covering up for the president.” Jackson denied that Stone was being punished for his politics or his allies.[33] She sentenced him to 40 months in federal prison, plus a $20,000 fine.[34] Stone's lawyers moved to disqualify Jackson; Jackson denied the motion on the basis of lack of "factual or legal support" for it.[35]


Jackson served on the board of the Washington D.C. Rape Crisis Center and has also been a member of the Parent Steering Committee of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Jackson was married to Darryl W. Jackson, who worked in Office of Export Enforcement as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for George W. Bush in 2005 after leaving the Arnold & Porter firm.[36][37] They have two sons, one of whom is Matt Jackson, who won 13 straight games on Jeopardy!, earning $411,612.[38][39] In her spare time, Jackson writes music and sings.[39]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Heil, Emily (October 7, 2015). "Washington 'Jeopardy' contestant Matt Jackson is a pop-culture sensation — and the son of a federal judge". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 8, 2015. The 23 year-old contestant’s father is Washington attorney Darryl Jackson, who was a Commerce Department official under former President George W. Bush.
  2. ^ Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, Vol. 17 (Martindale-Hubbell, 2001).
  3. ^ Nawrozki, Joe. "Dr. Barnett Berman, 81, internist, Army veteran". Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Jackson, Amy Berman". Federal Judicial Center.
  5. ^ a b "President Obama Names Three to United States District Court, 6/17/10" (Press release). White House Office of the Press Secretary. June 17, 2010.
  6. ^ a b "ATTORNEYS, Amy Berman Jackson". Trout Cacheris PLLC. Archived from the original on February 4, 2010. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  7. ^ RATINGS OF ARTICLE III JUDICIAL NOMINEES: 11TH CONGRESS, American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary.
  8. ^ PN1868 — Amy Berman Jackson — The Judiciary, 111th Congress (2009-2010),
  9. ^ PN26 — Amy Berman Jackson — The Judiciary, 112th Congress (2011-2012).
  10. ^ "U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes: 112th Congress, 1st Session". United States Senate.
  11. ^ "Judge Clears Rule on Union Posters at Work". Associated Press. March 3, 2012.
  12. ^ Broder, John M. (March 24, 2012). "Court Reverses E.P.A. on Big Mining Project". The New York Times.
  13. ^ Broder, John M. (April 24, 2013). "Court Backs E.P.A. Veto of Mining Permit". The New York Times.
  14. ^ "EPA wins another round on Spruce Mine veto". The Charleston Gazette. September 30, 2014.
  15. ^ "Jesse Jackson Jr. and Wife Sentenced to Jail Time". Roll Call. August 14, 2013.
  16. ^ a b "Judge Rejects Catholic Church Challenge to Obamacare Birth Control Coverage". Bloomberg. December 23, 2013.
  17. ^ a b Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington v. Sebelius, 1:13-cv-01441-ABJ (December 20, 2013).
  18. ^ "Judge dismisses wrongful death suit against Clinton over Benghazi". UPI. May 27, 2017.
  19. ^ Lucas, Ryan (November 2, 2017). "Manafort And Gates To Remain Restricted To Their Homes, Judge Says". NPR. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  20. ^ "Manafort Heads to Jail After Judge Faults Witness Tampering". June 15, 2018. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  21. ^ Breuninger, Kevin (February 23, 2018). "Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates pleads guilty to lying and conspiracy against the US". CNBC. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  22. ^ Confessore, Nicholas; Meier, Barry (June 16, 2017). "How the Russia Investigation Entangled a Manafort Protégé". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  23. ^ LaFraniere, Sharon; Vogel, Kenneth (September 14, 2018). "Paul Manafort Agrees to Cooperate With Special Counsel; Pleads Guilty to Reduced Charges". The New York Times. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  24. ^ Spencer S. Hsu (February 13, 2019). "Federal judge finds Paul Manafort lied to Mueller probe about contacts with Russian aide". The Washington Post.
  25. ^ Tillman, Zoe (April 3, 2018). "A Lawyer Who Admitted Lying To The Special Counsel's Office Was Just Sentenced To One Month In Jail". Buzzfeed. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  26. ^ Harris, Andrew M.; Kocieniewski, David; Voreacos, David (January 25, 2019). "Trump Associate Roger Stone Arrested in Florida as Part of Special Counsel Probe". Bloomberg. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  27. ^ Polantz, Katelyn (February 15, 2019). "Judge puts gag order on Roger Stone and attorneys". CNN. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  28. ^ Campbell, Andy (February 18, 2019). "Roger Stone Attacks Judge Presiding Over His Case In Bizarre Instagram Post". Huffington Post. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  29. ^ Polantz, Katelyn (February 19, 2019). "Judge calls new hearing on gag order after Roger Stone's inflammatory post". CNN. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  30. ^ Re, Gregg (February 21, 2019). "Judge rips into Roger Stone, bars him from speaking publicly on case: 'There will be no third chance'". Fox News. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  31. ^ "All four Roger Stone prosecutors resign from case after DOJ backpedals on sentencing recommendation". NBC News.
  32. ^ Chiu, Allyson (February 12, 2020). "Trump attacks federal judge, prosecutors in Twitter tirade defending Roger Stone". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
  33. ^ ‘Made of Steel’: Judge Amy Berman Jackson Sentences Roger Stone After Trump’s Attacks, NBC, Noreen O'Donnell, February 20, 2020. Retrieved February 22, 2020.]
  34. ^ Wu, Kristine Phillips, Kevin Johnson and Nicholas. "Truth still matters': Judge sentences Roger Stone to 40 months in prison for obstructing Congress' Russia investigation". USA TODAY. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
  35. ^ John Bowden, Judge denies Roger Stone's motion to disqualify her, The Hill (February 23, 2020).
  36. ^ "Darryl Jackson Nominated by White House to Export Control Position". July 11, 2005.[permanent dead link]
  37. ^ "Darryl Jackson -- Department of Commerce". On October 7, 2005, the United States Senate confirmed President Bush's nomination of Darryl W. Jackson, of the District of Columbia, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement
  38. ^ Ellis, Johnathan (October 14, 2015). "'Jeopardy!' mastermind Matt Jackson loses in classiest way possible". Mashable. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
  39. ^ a b LaFraniere, Sharon (February 20, 2020). "Judge in Roger Stone Trial Confronts a High-Pressure Decision". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 20, 2020.

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Preceded by
Gladys Kessler
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia