U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves, who hears cases in Lexington and other courts in the Eastern District of Kentucky, has been nominated to serve on the commission that sets sentencing policies and practices for the federal court system.
The White House announced the nomination by President Barack Obama on Tuesday.
“Throughout his career, Judge Danny C. Reeves has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to justice,” Obama said in a news release. “I am confident he will continue to serve with excellence and integrity on the United States Sentencing Commission.”
The U.S. Senate must confirm nominations to the panel.
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The website of the agency lists no other commissioners from Kentucky since its inception in 1984.
The commission is an independent agency in the federal judiciary.
In addition to setting sentencing guidelines, the commission is to advise and assist Congress and the executive branch in developing effective and efficient crime policy and to collect, analyze, research, and distribute a range of information on federal crime and sentencing issues.
It is to serve as an information resource for Congress, the executive branch, the courts, criminal justice practitioners, the academic community and the public, according to its website. Commissioners serve six-year terms.
Reeves has been a federal judge since 2001. The federal Eastern District of Kentucky covers the state from Frankfort east, including Lexington and Northern Kentucky.
Before going on the federal bench, Reeves was a partner in the Lexington office of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, formerly known as Greenebaum Doll & McDonald, where he practiced civil litigation from 1983 to 2001, according to the news release.
Reeves, a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, started his career as a law clerk for federal Judge Eugene E. Siler from 1981 to 1983, according to the White House.