Who is Matthew Brann?
Matthew William Brann was born on July 25, 1965, in Elmira, New York, U.S. He is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He joined the court in 2012 after a nomination from President Barack Obama.
Early life and education
A native of Elmira, New York, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1987 from the University of Notre Dame. He received his Juris Doctor in 1990 from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University.
Judge Matthew Brann’s career
Matthew Brann served as a law clerk with the Court of Common Pleas in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. He became an associate at Brann, Williams, Caldwell & Sheetz in 1991, becoming a partner at that firm in 1995. In 2012, then president Barack Obama nominated Brann to be a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The Senate confirmed his nomination by unanimous consent in December 2012. He received his commission the same month that year.
Federal judicial service
On May 17, 2012, President Obama nominated Brann to be a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, to the seat vacated by Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie, who was elevated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 2010. Brann was recommended by Republican Senator Pat Toomey as part of a paired nomination with a recommendation by Democratic Senator Bob Casey Jr. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on his nomination on June 27, 2012, and reported it to the floor on July 19, 2012. The Senate confirmed his nomination by unanimous consent on December 21, 2012. He received his commission on December 27, 2012. Brann entered on duty as a United States District Judge on January 17, 2013. He sits at the United States Courthouse and Federal Building in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Brann presided over the case Donald J. Trump for President v. Boockvar in which the Donald Trump 2020 presidential campaign sought to block the certification of the nearly seven million presidential election votes cast in Pennsylvania. This case is one of the lawsuits challenging results from states won by president-elect Joe Biden. During an appearance before the court, Trump’s lead attorney Rudy Giuliani asserted there was “widespread, nationwide voter fraud,” but under questioning by Brann, Giuliani stated, “This is not a fraud case.”
Brann dismissed the case with prejudice on November 21, 2020, citing "strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations." Judge Brann also ruled an evidentiary hearing was not needed. He stated that the Trump team's argument "like Frankenstein’s Monster, has been haphazardly stitched together from two distinct theories in an attempt to avoid controlling precedent" and characterized the requested remedy to disqualify the votes as "unhinged from the underlying right being asserted."
Unknown Facts About Judge Matthew Brann
Matthew Brann got his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame.
He received his Juris Doctor from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University.
He was appointed by Barack Obama and preceded by Thomas I. Vanaskie.
He has also spent a number of years as a Republican Party official in Pennsylvania and was active in the Federalist Society.
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