Dabney L. Friedrich

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Dabney L. Friedrich
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Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Assumed office
December 1, 2017
Appointed byDonald Trump
Preceded byReggie Walton
Member of the United States Sentencing Commission
In office
December 2006 – December 2016
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded byMichael O'Neill
Personal details
Patricia Dabney Langhorne

(1967-06-19) June 19, 1967 (age 53)
Pensacola, Florida, U.S.
Matthew Friedrich
m. 2001)
EducationTrinity University (BA)
University College, Oxford (GrDip)
Yale University (JD)

Dabney Langhorne Friedrich (born June 19, 1967)[1] is a United States District Court Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She previously served as a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission.

Early life[edit]

Patricia Dabney Langhorne was born on June 19, 1967 in Pensacola, Florida. She received her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Trinity University, her diploma in legal studies from University College, Oxford, and her Juris Doctor from Yale Law School, where she served as a senior editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation.[2]


Langhorne started her legal career as a law clerk for Judge Thomas F. Hogan of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She served as an Associate Counsel to the President during the George W. Bush Administration, as Chief Crime Counsel to Senator Orrin Hatch, as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, as a trial attorney at the United States Department of Justice, and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of California.[3][4]

In 2006, Friedrich was appointed as a member of the United States Sentencing Commission, a position she held until 2016.[5] In that capacity, she helped establish sentencing policies and practices for the federal criminal justice system by promulgating guidelines for congressional review and recommending changes in criminal statutes.[6]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On May 8, 2017, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Friedrich to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, to a seat vacated by Reggie Walton who assumed senior status on December 31, 2015.[6][7] She was formally nominated on June 7, 2017.[8] On July 25, 2017, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on her nomination.[9] Her nomination was reported out of committee by voice vote on September 14, 2017.[10] On November 16, 2017, the U.S. Senate voted 93–4 to invoke cloture on Friedrich's nomination.[11] On November 27, the Senate voted 97–3 to confirm her to the District Court.[12] She received her judicial commission on December 1, 2017.

Notable cases[edit]

Concord Management and Consulting[edit]

In June 2018, Friedrich rejected Russian-owned Concord Management and Consulting's request that she examine the instructions provided to the grand jury before the jury indicted the company. Concord accused Special Counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors of giving faulty instructions, tainting the grand jury's decision to approve charges.[13]

On August 13, 2018, in the case of United States v. Concord Management and Consulting LCC, she ruled against the defendant, one of 16 Russian entities charged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, when it sought to void its indictment on the ground that Mueller's appointment to his position violated constitutional separation of powers. In a 41-page opinion, she held that although "no statute explicitly authorizes the Acting Attorney General to make the appointment, Supreme Court and D.C. Circuit precedent make clear that the Acting Attorney General has the necessary statutory authority," "the appointment does not violate core separation-of-powers principles. Nor has the Special Counsel exceeded his authority under the appointment order by investigating and prosecuting Concord."[14][15]

In January 2019, Friedrich strongly rebuked the attorneys for Concord Management and Consulting for repeatedly making personal attacks on Mueller's team. The rebuke was triggered by a January 4 filing that questioned the trustworthiness of Mueller's office. Friedrich called Concord's recent filings "unprofessional, inappropriate, and ineffective," and said their "relentless personal attacks" would not affect her decision.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Friedrich, Dabney Langhorne". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  2. ^ "WEDDINGS; Dabney Langhorne, Matthew Friedrich". New York Times. January 21, 2001. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  3. ^ Tillman, Zoe (April 14, 2017). "The White House Is Preparing To Make A Move On The DC Federal Trial Court". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  4. ^ "Dabney Friedrich". Ballotpedia. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  5. ^ "Dabney Friedrich - Ballotpedia".
  6. ^ a b ""President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Candidate Nominations" White House, May 8, 2017".
  7. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Candidate Nominations".
  8. ^ "Twelve Nominations Sent to the Senate Today".
  9. ^ "Nominations - United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary". www.judiciary.senate.gov.
  10. ^ "Results of Executive Business Meeting – September 14, 2017, Senate Judiciary Committee" (PDF).
  11. ^ "U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 115th Congress - 1st Session". www.senate.gov.
  12. ^ "U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 115th Congress - 1st Session". www.senate.gov.
  13. ^ Cohen, Marshall (June 15, 2018). "Judge rejects request by Russian firm to review Mueller's grand jury instructions". CNN.
  14. ^ "United States of America v. Concord Management & Consulting LLC, USDC/D.DC 18-cr-0032-2 (DLF)" (PDF). August 13, 2018.
  15. ^ Chalfant, Morgan (August 13, 2018). "US judge rejects Russian company's bid to dismiss Mueller charges". The Hill. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  16. ^ Tillman, Zoe (January 7, 2019). "A Judge Told The Defense In The Russian Troll Farm Case To "Knock It Off" With Attacks On Mueller's Office". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved January 7, 2019.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Michael E. O'Neill
Member of the United States Sentencing Commission
Legal offices
Preceded by
Reggie Walton
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia