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April 22, 2010

"Judge Who Sentenced Madoff Confirmed to 2nd Circuit"

The title of this post is the headline of this report at The Blog of Legal Times, which details that the "Senate today unanimously confirmed Judge Denny Chin to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit." I find it both unsurprising and telling that the elevation of a respected and path-breaking jurist from the District Court to the Circuit Court gets flagged by reference to his highest-profile sentencing decision.

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"In response to a Senate questionnaire, Chin wrote that a Justice Department official first contacted him about a 2nd Circuit nomination on July 14, 2009 — two weeks after Chin sentenced Madoff."

pretty obvious what happened

"we need some bodies for these 2nd ct seats"
"ugh boss doesn't want to expend capital on senate fights"
"hmm who can we pick to make it tough for law-and-order types to vote no"
[picks up paper]
"oh hey what about this guy ..."

Posted by: . | Apr 22, 2010 4:24:41 PM


Posted by: hm | Apr 23, 2010 8:42:24 AM

Pathbreaking presumably because of the relative dearth of Asian American federal appeals judges.

I'm not saying Bernard Madoff didn't deserve whatever sentence he got, but I wonder if it occurred to the judge that he was unlikely to ever read a sentence that said: "Judge Who Gave Lenient Sentence to Madoff Confirmed to 2nd Circuit"

Posted by: Anon | Apr 23, 2010 4:46:11 PM

I think it is gread. That is the main motivating factor in what all people do. Criminals just are willing to go farther to get their money than the rest.

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