Thomas McAvoy

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Thomas McAvoy
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #4
Service:
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   03/04/1986 - 09/16/2003
Chief:   1993 - 2000
Senior:   09/17/2003 - Present
Preceded by:   98 Stat. 333
Succeeded by:   Gary Sharpe
Personal History
Born:   1938
Hometown:   Johnson City, NY
Undergraduate:   Villanova U., A.B., 1960
Law School:   Albany Law, J.D., 1964
Thomas J. McAvoy is a federal judge on senior status for the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. He joined the court in 1986 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. McAvoy served as the chief judge of the Northern District of New York from 1993 to 2000 before later assuming senior status on September 17, 2003. McAvoy was succeeded in this position by Gary Sharpe.[1]

Early life and education

McAvoy graduated from Villanova with his bachelor's degree in 1960 and later graduated from Albany Law with his J.D. in 1964.[1]

Professional career

McAvoy was a private practice attorney licensed in the State of New York from 1964 to 1985 and was a member of the Broome County Legislature from 1971 to 1986.[1]

Judicial career

Northern District of New York

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Al D'Amato, McAvoy was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on January 29, 1986 to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333 which was passed by Congress. McAvoy was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 3, 1986, and received commission on March 4, 1986. McAvoy served as the chief judge of the Northern District of New York from 1993 to 2000 before later assuming senior status on September 17, 2003. McAvoy was succeeded in this position by Gary Sharpe.[1]

Notable cases

$36 million tax fraud and evasion conviction (2013)


On October 21, 2013, a jury convicted Glenn Unger of seven counts related to tax fraud and tax evasion after he sought to obtain more $36 million in tax refunds from the IRS between 2007 and 2011. The specific charges are as follows: obstructing and impeding the Internal Revenue Service; filing false claims against the United States; tax evasion; and passing fictitious obligations. At the outset of the trial, Unger, a member of the sovereign citizen movement, asserted that the court had no jurisdiction over him. Unger represented himself for a portion of the trial, but was ultimately removed from the courtroom following his disruptive behavior by presiding Judge McAvoy. Unger faces up to 25 years in prison.[2][3]

Muslim defamation case (2013)

     United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
Judge McAvoy presided over a dispute in which a Muslim group accused the Christian Action Network of defamation for publishing a book accusing them of holding terrorist training in their residential communities. The Muslim group had a community in Hancock, New York, and others around the United States. The Christian Action Network denied the allegations and asked McAvoy to dismiss the complaint.[4]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
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Northern District of New York
1986–2003
Succeeded by:
Gary Sharpe


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