Aileen Cannon’s Background, Husband & Family: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know (2022)

Aileen Cannon’s Background, Husband & Family: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know (1)

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Aileen Cannon is the federal judge presiding over a hearing in the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago. She is considering a request from former President Donald Trump attorneys to appoint a special master in the investigation and place restrictions on investigators.

Cannon was appointed by Trump to her position as U.S. District Court Judge in 2020. On Thursday, September 1, 2022, she heard from Trump attorneys asking she place restrictions on investigators.

Politico reported Cannon was “giving serious consideration” to the request from Trump’s attorney to place temporary restrictions on the Department of Justice investigators to review material seized from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. Trump attorneys also asked that a special master be appointed in the case, who would review documents for any materials that were subject to executive privilege. The DOJ has said none exist among the evidence.

Cannon is a district judge for the Southern District of Florida in Fort Pierce, according to Florida’s court portal. Cannon filed a 24-page application to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary to apply for her role, which details her education, career history and background. Her full name is Aileen Mercedes Cannon, and she was born in Cali, Columbia in 1981, her application says. She is bilingual and contributed to southern Florida’s Spanish newspaper, El Nuevo Herald.

Cannon’s husband is Josh Lorence, who she married June 7, 2008, according to her wedding website. She is a mother of at least two children. Cannon is about 41 years old.

Here’s what you need to know:

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1. Cannon Attended Duke University, Studied Abroad in Spain & Her First Job Was as a Paralegal With the U.S. Department of Justice

Please keep in mind that U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon is a tRump appointee when you read this.

Judge considers temporary limit on DOJ access to Trump documents – POLITICO https://t.co/PssyTHqYkh

— Maya Carter (@mayaj1973) September 1, 2022

Cannon completed her undergraduate degree at Duke University, which she attended from 1999 to 2003, according to her application to serve as federal judge. Cannon studied abroad for one semester in Spain at the University of Seville. She went on to attend The University of Michigan School of Law and graduated magna cum laude in 2007, her application says.

Her first professional job was working as a paralegal for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., from 2003 to 2005. She worked in several law firms and served as a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in Des Moines, Iowa, her application says.

Cannon worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida before she was appointed to her current role. She was admitted to the bar in California, Washington, D.C. and Florida, she wrote.

The Florida Bar association and The State Bar of California recorded no disciplinary action against her in her background.

Cannon was nominated to her post by Trump in May 2020. The Senate confirmed her by a vote of 56-21 days after the election, CNN reported.

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2. Cannon’s Mother Fled Communist Cuba When She Was a Young Girl

DOJ did the right thing by fighting back against Trump-appointed Judge Aileen Cannon's inclination to side with Team Trump lawyers – dangerous precedent to allow a judge to meddle in a criminal investigation. My opinion piece in @thethedailybeast:https://t.co/1rjs5fIH9k

— Shanlon Wu (@shanlonwu) August 31, 2022

Cannon’s mother fled Fidel Castro’s communist regime in Cuba at the age of 7, the judge said at a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2020, according to CNN. She thanked her family members and spoke about how the experience shaped her life.

“To my loving mother … who, at the age of 7, had to flee the repressive Castro regime in search of freedom and security, thank you for teaching me about the blessing that is this country and the importance of securing the rule of law for generations to come,” she said, according to CNN.

Cannon was born in Columbia in 1981 and studied abroad in Spain. She is bilingual. It was not clear when she moved to the United States, but it appears she spent her entire adult life in the U.S., based on her application to serve as federal judge.

3. Cannon Contributed to a Spanish Newspaper as a College Student, Writing About Flamenco, Yoga & the Health Benefits of Tomatoes

Aileen Cannon, a judge appointed by former President Donald Trump, is to preside over a key hearing about the Mar-a-Lago search https://t.co/afqP1Wu9aE

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— Anthony DeRosa (@Anthony) September 1, 2022

Cannon wrote 18 articles for El Nuevo Herald, a Spanish newspaper in southern Florida owned by the Miami Herald. She wrote about a variety of topics in the articles, mainly covering health and culture topics, which were all published during the summer of 2002 when she was an undergrad. Cannon listed her articles in her application to serve as federal judge, which was a requirement to apply.

Her articles included one discussing the potential health benefits of tomatoes in tumor reduction, tips on following instincts, a profile on interior designer Marina Albornoz, and advice on using interaction to learn Spanish.

She also wrote articles called “A Fertile Book About Infertility,” “Flamenco: An Explosion of Energy and Passion” and “A Mural in Homage of the Latin Women,” according to her translations of the Spanish titles.

4. Cannon’s Husband, Josh Lorence, Proposed to her in Greece & Was Interrupted by a Turtle

In 30 years of prosecuting cases, I never saw a judge make up her mind on an issue BEFORE the other party had an opportunity to respond to the request. This is dead wrong.
Note: this judge, Aileen Cannon, was confirmed by Mitch McConnell’s Senate AFTER Trump lost the election. https://t.co/AmFa1QVUBz

— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) August 28, 2022

Cannon married her husband, Josh Lorence, in 2008, and she has at least two children. She mentioned her second pregnancy in her application to serve as federal judge, and was on maternity leave in October 2015, she wrote.

They were married June 7, 2008, when Aileen Cannon was 28, according to an article on The Knot. Her husband was a restaurant manager at the time. They were on vacation in Athens, Greece, when he proposed.

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“On the first day of their trip, he found a scenic point overlooking the ancient ruins and asked Aileen to marry him,” the article says. “The only glitch? He got a little distracted when a huge turtle walked by in the middle of the proposal. He literally stopped and said, ‘Look, the turtle! says Aileen, who couldn’t help but laugh before giving Josh a big Yes!”

5. Cannon Was Recognized By the DOJ for her Work on a Fourth Amendment Appeal

1 pm ET: Judge Aileen Cannon in Southern District of Florida — who was nominated by Trump to the bench in 2020 — will consider whether to grant Trump’s request for a “special master” to review documents seized by the FBI.

DoJ says this is unnecessary because it's done already. pic.twitter.com/3hRCR7qNGY

— The Recount (@therecount) September 1, 2022

Cannon received a Certificate of Appreciation for her “outstanding contribution to the mission of the Department of Justice and the Southern District of Florida” for her work on a Fourth Amendment appeal filed by a defendant in her district, her application to serve as federal judge said. She was an appellant council for the United States at the time in 2019.

The defendant, Reginald Gibbs, filed an appeal to suppress the evidence of a firearm seized by Miami-Dade Police in a traffic stop, according to a blog post written by The Swartz Law Firm. The post says Gibbs’ appeal claimed he was unlawfully detained when the firearm was collected, but the court found it was a lawful detention because Gibbs stopped in the middle of the road.

Cannon wrote the government’s brief and presented oral argument in the case, she wrote in her application. The defendant’s conviction was affirmed.

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