Charles Brieant

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Charles Brieant
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Title:   Former Judge
Position:   Seat #13
Service:
Appointed by:   Richard Nixon
Active:   7/29/1971-5/31/2007
Preceded by:   John McGohey
Succeeded by:   Paul Gardephe
Personal History
Born:   1923
Undergraduate:   Columbia University, 1947
Law School:   Columbia Law School, 1949

Charles L. Brieant Jr. (1923-2008) was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He was nominated by President Richard Nixon on June 24, 1971. Brieant assumed senior status on May 31, 2007, and served in that capacity until his death on July 20, 2008. He served as chief judge from 1986 to 1993. [1]

Education

Brieant received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University in 1947 and his LL.B. from Columbia Law School in 1949.[1]

Military service

Brieant served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946.[1]

Professional career

  • 1970-1971: New York state legislator for Westchester County
  • 1968: Assistant counsel, New York State Joint Legislative Committee on Fire Insurance
  • 1960-1963: Town supervisor, Ossining, New York
  • 1958-1959: Special assistant district attorney, Westchester County, New York
  • 1958-1959: Village attorney, Briarcliff Manor, New York
  • 1952-1958: Town justice, Ossining, New York
  • 1948-1951: Water commissioner, Ossining, New York
  • 1949-1971: Private practice, White Plains, New York[1]

Judicial career

Southern District of New York

Brieant was nominated by President Richard Nixon on June 24, 1971, to a seat vacated by Judge John McGohey. Brieant was confirmed by the Senate on July 29, 1971, and received commission that same day. He was succeeded in this position by Judge Paul Gardephe. Brieant assumed senior status on May 31, 2007, and served in that capacity until his death on July 20, 2008.[1]

Poisoned candy sent to judge

In 1980, Judge Brieant sentenced anthropologist Dr. John Buettner-Janusch to prison after he was found guilty of manufacturing LSD and methaqualone in his lab. Seven years later, while on parole, the doctor was arrested for sending poisoned chocolates to Judge Brieant and a former colleague. Judge Brieant's wife subsequently got sick from the candy.[2]

Buettner-Janusch pleaded guilty after his fingerprint was found on the box of chocolates. He was sentenced to forty years in prison for an act of terrorism against a federal judge.[3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
John McGohey
Southern District of New York
1971–2007
Succeeded by:
Paul Gardephe