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NY Fed Judge Visits Brooklyn Neighborhood Where Defendants Allegedly Sold Drugs


By Allan Lengel

Brooklyn U.S. District Judge Jack B. Weinstein — some times known as a maverick — did something fairly unorthox for a federal judge, but maybe not so unorthodox for Weinstein: he went to visit the neighborhood where a crack cocaine crew ruled, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that Weinstein, 89, who is presiding over a trial involving the suspected drug gang crew, walked through the Louis Armstrong houses in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn on Friday, accompanied by a bodyguard and two news photographers.

“The outing on a quiet and crisp winter afternoon drew some stares, but was otherwise uneventful,” AP wrote.

The wire service reported that the judge said he sometimes needs a firsthand reality check on his cases.

“Otherwise,” he said, “it gets very abstract.”

Life Tenure for Fed Judges Raises Issues of Senility, Dementia

By Joseph Goldstein
Special to ProPublica

Judge Richard Owen of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan gathered a group of lawyers in his courtroom in 2007 to discuss the possible leak of sealed documents in a business case. As the hearing got under way, Owen, then 84, asked for someone to explain this newfangled mode of communication the lawyers kept mentioning — e-mail.

“It pops up in a machine in some administrative office, and is somebody there with a duty to take it around and give it to whoever it’s named to?” he asked.

Some of the lawyers figured that Owen, whose chambers came with a mimeograph machine when he became a judge in 1973, was just behind the times. Others wondered if the judge’s memory was failing him.

After all, the most famous case in his long career — the back-to-back trials of Silicon Valley investment banker Frank Quattrone — had revolved around a single e-mail. Yet he now acted as though this was the first he was hearing about it. “He didn’t understand what was happening in his own courtroom,” said one lawyer present that day.

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