David Sentelle

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David Sentelle
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #2
Station:   D.C.
Service:
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   09/11/1987 - 02/12/2013
Chief:   2008 - 2013
Senior:   02/12/2013 - Present
Preceded by:   Antonin Scalia
Past post:   Judge, Western District of North Carolina
Past term:   1985-1987
Personal History
Born:   1943
Hometown:   Canton, NC
Undergraduate:   University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill '65
Law School:   University of North Carolina Law '68

David Bryan Sentelle is a federal judge serving on senior status for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He joined the court in 1987 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. At the time of his appointment, Sentelle served as judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. He joined that court in 1985 after an appointment from Ronald Reagan. He served as chief judge of the D.C. Circuit from 2008 until he assumed senior status on February 12, 2013.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Canton, North Carolina, Sentelle graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with his B.A. in 1965, and later from the University of North Carolina School of Law with his J.D. in 1968.[1]

Professional career

Judicial career

District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals

Sentelle was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by President Ronald Reagan on February 2, 1987, to a seat vacated by Antonin Scalia, as Scalia was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Sentelle was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 9, 1987, on a Senate vote and received commission on September 11, 1987.[1] Sentelle served as the Chief Judge of the D.C. Circuit from 2008 until 2013. On February 12, 2013, Sentelle assumed senior status for the after serving on the court for 25 years.[1]

Western District of North Carolina

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Jesse Helms, Sentelle was nominated to the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina by President Ronald Reagan on July 25, 1985, to a seat vacated by Woodrow Jones. Sentelle was confirmed by the Senate on October 16, 1985, and received commission on October 17, 1985.[1]

Notable cases

D.C. Circuit strikes down "conflict minerals" rule as unconstitutional (2014)

On April 14, 2014, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit, comprised of Judges Sentelle, Srikanth Srinivasan and Arthur Randolph, struck down a securities law concerning "conflict minerals" (i.e., minerals that were mined in central Africa), noting that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s rule violated the First Amendment. In the opinion, Judge Randolph wrote that “[b]y compelling an issuer to confess blood on its hands, the statute interferes with that exercise of freedom of speech under the First Amendment.”

Articles:


Santa Barbara News-Press labor dispute (2012)

     United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (Ampersand Publishing, LLC v. National Labor Relations Board, et al., 11-1284)

Judge Sentelle joined the unanimous opinion written by Judge Stephen F. Williams overturning the decision of the National Labor Relations Board in Ampersand v. NLRB.[2] Ampersand Publishing brought the case against the NLRB claiming that the NLRB unjustly assumed that workers had a statutory right to engage in collective actions. The panel vacated the NLRB's ruling and denied the agency the opportunity to cross-appeal.[3]

Appointment of Ken Starr in Whitewater scandal (1994)

     United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (In Re: Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan Association, Division No. 94-1)

Judge Sentelle presided as part of a three-judge panel over the appointment of Kenneth Starr, a Republican, to be President Bill Clinton's special prosecutor during the Whitewater scandal.[4]

Oliver North and Iran-Contra trial (1991)

     United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (United States, v. Oliver L. North, 89-3118)

Judge Sentelle was part of a three-judge panel that included Douglas Ginsburg and Abner Mikva which voted to vacate the criminal convictions of Oliver North and John Poindexter in the Iran-Contra scandal.[5]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Woodrow Jones
Western District of North Carolina
1985–1987
Seat #2
Succeeded by:
Richard Voorhees
Preceded by:
Antonin Scalia
Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
1987–2013
Succeeded by:
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