Richard D. Bennett

Richard D. Bennett (born 1947) is a United States federal judge.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Bennett received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969 and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1973. He was in the United States Army Reserve from 1969 to 1975, and in the Maryland Army National Guard from 1983 to 1997. He was in private practice in Maryland in 1973-1976, 1981–1991, and from 1993 to 2003, serving in the interim periods as an assistant U.S. Attorney of the District of Maryland from 1976 to 1980, and as the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland from 1991 to 1993.

On January 29, 2003, Bennett was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland vacated by Frederic N. Smalkin. Bennett was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 9, 2003, and received his commission on April 10, 2003.

In 2011 he presided in the case of NSA Whistleblower Thomas Andrews Drake.


Legal offices
Preceded by
Frederic N. Smalkin
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland
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