Judge Daniel Bress, Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

Judge Daniel Bress 

Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

Daniel Aaron Bress was born in 1979 in Hollister, California. He earned an undergraduate degree in government from Harvard University. He worked as a paralegal at the Federal Trade Commission while attending the University of Virginia School of Law from which he received a Juris Doctor. He clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and then for Justice Antonin Scalia at the U.S. Supreme Court. 

He entered private practice in San Francisco and later in Washington, D.C. He was an adjunct professor of law at the University of Virginia and the Columbus School of Law of the Catholic University of America. 

He was nominated by President Donald Trump to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. After a cloture vote, his nomination was confirmed by the Senate. He received his judicial commission in July 2019. 

In the News…

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed lower court rulings stating that Miranda rights do not apply to warrant-backed civil immigration arrests. They upheld an order to deport a Mexican citizen. 

The court said, “The panel observed that this court has long held that the substantial distinctions between a civil deportation proceeding and a criminal trial make Miranda warnings inappropriate in the deportation context. Zuniga asked this court to forge an exception, arguing that because he was arrested pursuant to an administrative warrant, his un-Mirandized statements should have been excluded. The panel rejected that contention, explaining that Zuniga’s focus on the warrant was misplaced because it is the nature of the proceeding (criminal vs. civil), and not the nature of the arrest (warrantless vs. with a warrant) that is relevant.” 

Judge Daniel Bress, who authored the opinion, stated that no legal basis exists to create this new right, saying the Miranda decision is “not authority for creating new versions of itself in the immigration context.” 

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Did you pray for Judge Bress today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Daniel Bress 
Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals 
James R. Browning Court House 
95 7th Street 
San Francisco, CA 94103 


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