Cormac Carney

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Cormac Carney
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Central District of California
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #3
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   4/9/2003 - Present
Preceded by:   Carlos R. Moreno
Personal History
Born:   1959
Hometown:   Detroit, MI
Undergraduate:   U. of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1983
Law School:   Harvard Law School, J.D., 1987
Military service:   U.S. Air Force, 1979 - 1983



Cormac J. Carney is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He joined the court in 2003 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Carney graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with his bachelor's degree in 1983 and later graduated from Harvard Law School with his Juris Doctor degree in 1987. Carney served in the United States Air Force from 1979 to 1983.[1]

Carney was a football star while at UCLA as the team's all-time leading receiver. After college he made an attempt for a pro career which did not pan out.[2]

Professional career

Carney was a private practice attorney in the State of California with the firms Latham & Watkins and O'Melveny & Myers from 1987 to 2001. In 2001 Governor Gray Davis appointed him as a judge in the Superior Court of Orange County from 2001 to 2003.[1][2]

Judicial career

Central District of California

Carney was nominated to the United States District Court for the Central District of California by President George W. Bush on January 7, 2003. Carney was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 7, 2003 on a Senate vote and received his commission on April 9, 2003.[3]

Notable cases

Economic espionage case (2009)

  U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
     *USA v. Dongfan Chung 8:08-cr-00024-CJC-1
In 2009, Judge Carney presided over the trial of a Chinese-born engineer who was charged with stealing trade secrets critical to the U.S. space program.[4]

Dongfan "Greg" Chung was found guilty on July 14, 2009 on six counts of economic espionage and other charges, including hoarding 300,000 pages of sensitive documents in his home. The charges included that Chung destroyed information about a U.S. space shuttle and a booster rocket.[4]

Chung was a space engineer for Boeing and used to work for Rockwell Automation. During the investigation, federal investigators found papers in Chung's home that included top-secret information about a fueling system for a booster rocket. It was against company policy for Boeing employees to take sensitive documents home. The documents that investigators found were part of Boeing's $50 million investment for the booster rocket system.[4]

Chung was the first person convicted under The Economic Espionage Act of 1996. The 1996 law was created to help the government crackdown on stolen information from private companies that contract with the federal government. The law applies to contractors that provide technology services for the U.S. space and military programs.[4]


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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Carlos R. Moreno
Central District of California
2003–Current
Seat #3
Succeeded by:
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