Behind the Scenes at Federal Court

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Frederic Block, federal judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the author of Disrobed: An Inside Look at the Life and Work of a Federal Trial Judge, talks about his life as a judge in some high profile cases in New York.


Frederic Block

Comments [17]


@ sk --

Jul. 24 2012 12:11 PM

What was the article referenced having to do with the Supreme Court decision on the affordable heath care act and Judge Roberts ruling?

Jul. 24 2012 11:51 AM
Amy from Manhattan

My main problem w/judicial elections is that it's so hard to find out anything about a candidate's record to base a vote on. There's been some progress recently, but not much.

Jul. 24 2012 11:41 AM
Jeff Pappas from d

Good pt Brian,,The symbol of ny state is a woman ( liberty )holding the scale of Justice and she is blindfolded

Jul. 24 2012 11:41 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Thanks Crown Heights. I remember the overall arc, it was just names that I'd forgotten.... age catching up with my memory....

Jul. 24 2012 11:40 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

What about judges who are just soooo arrogant and abusive? (exhibit A: "Judge Judy" when she was actually on the bench...)

Jul. 24 2012 11:38 AM
Ruth from Manhattan

How MUCH are these guys making? WAY more than me.
"Cost of living raises"? For those who have lots of kids? WHAT?

I am sure they are doing just fine.

Jul. 24 2012 11:34 AM
Jeff Papppas from Dumbo

BTW Most crimes and Violence in Drug related crimes are because No Prohibitions work,they open the door for the criminal element. Just be responsible dont drink n drive etc age restrictions etc

Jul. 24 2012 11:34 AM
Alex from manhattan

Please ask -- with all the court delays -- isn't it time for an expansion of the court system? more judges and more courts?


Jul. 24 2012 11:28 AM
Jeff Pappas from Dumbo

How about helping to keep non violent small amounts MJ Drug offenders out of jail. If the USA decriminalized / taxed / regulated and let people grow MJ, we could pay for a national health care system.

We all know what happens to these folks when exposed to hard core violent prison gangs

Jul. 24 2012 11:28 AM
Crown Heights

MichaelB --

A refresher of the incident:

(according to that link, Yankel Rosenbaum was the Jew killed with a knife, by black assailants who walked free due to jury nullification)

Jul. 24 2012 11:27 AM
David Rockwell from Dixon, MT

I wonder if the judge would comment on the Billings, Montana judge Richard Cebull who sent the racist email. Should he resign?

Jul. 24 2012 11:27 AM

Do you have a position on prosecuting a few people in order to make examples of them to warn other offenders, versus prosecuting every last offender?

I've always thought of the second option as the definition of "The Rule of Law" of which Americans are so proud -- but I'm guessing the judge sees things a bit more complicated or nuanced.

Jul. 24 2012 11:21 AM
Steve from Rockville Centre, NY

Do you think that juries are generally incompetent or too biased? In other words, would we be better off without them?

Jul. 24 2012 11:19 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Jury nullification in the Crown Heights riot also -- I cannot recall the name of the defendant or the victim, who was an orthodox Jew from Australia.

Not only nullification, but some members of the jury went out with the defendant afterwards to celebrate!!

It was one thing not to be able to find beyond reasonable doubt, quite another to party with someone who very possibly murdered an innocent person. That was truly chilling.

Jul. 24 2012 11:15 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Another anti-gun liberal judge. Guns are an INTEGRAL PART OF AMERICAN CULTURE and the majority of the US public does not go along with the anti-gun missionaries. Those who believe that life is safer in Sweden or Israel because of the stricter gun controls should emigrate and find out for themselves!

Guns are integral to American culture and that is NEVER, God-willing, going to change.

Jul. 24 2012 11:12 AM
Jeff pappas from Dumbo


Jul. 24 2012 11:11 AM

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