William M. ByrneRepublican
William Matthew Byrne, Sr.
Born: July 10, 1896 in Bakersfield, CA
Children: William Jr.*
Military Service: USN (WWI)
Died: March 9, 1974
1927-1929: Speaker pro Tem, California State Assembly
1943-1948: Justice, Los Angeles County Municipal Court
1948-1950: Justice, Los Angeles County Superior Court
1950-1966: Justice, U. S. District Court, Southern District of California
1966-1974: Justice, U. S. District Court, Central District of California
- Like his father, William Jr. was a federal judge for the Central District of California (serving 1971-1998). He was the judge during the trial of Pentagon Papers defendant Daniel Ellsberg (which he later dismissed). Additionally, William Jr. served as as the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California from 1967-1970, during which time he was served on the prosecution team in the trial of Sirhan Sirhan for the assassination of Robert Kennedy.
Source: California Blue Book (1928)
Souce: History of the Federal Judiciary; Biographical Directory of Federal Judges by the Federal Judicial Center