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Christopher Boyko

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Christopher Boyko
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #12
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   1/3/2005 - Present
Preceded by:   Paul Matia
Personal History
Born:   1954
Hometown:   Cleveland, OH
Undergraduate:   Mount Union College, B.A., 1976
Law School:   Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1979

Christopher A. Boyko is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He joined the court in 2005 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.

Early life and education

A native of Ohio, Boyko graduated from Mount Union College with his bachelor's degree in 1976 and graduated with his juris doctorate degree from Cleveland State University's Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1979.[1]

Professional career

From 1979 to 1993 and in 1995, Boyko was a Private practice attorney in Parma, OH. Boyko also served as a part-time Assistant prosecutor for the City of Parma, OH from 1981 to 1987 and was also a part-time lead Prosecutor and Director of Law for the City of Parma, OH from 1987 to 1993. In 1993, Boyko became a municipal court judge for the City of Parma, OH before becoming Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Copy America, Inc. from 1994 to 1995. In 1996, Boyko became a Court of Common Pleas Judge for Cuyahoga County from 1996 to 2004.[1]

Judicial career

Northern District of Ohio

On the unanimous recommendations of Senators Michael DeWine and George Vonovich, Boyko was nominated by President George W. Bush on July 22, 2004 to a seat vacated by Paul Matia as Matia assumed senior status. Boyko was confirmed by the Senate on November 21, 2004 on a Senate Vote and received commission on January 3, 2005.[1]

Notable cases

Philip Rossi Ponzi Scheme case (2009)

     United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (Unites States, v. Philip D. Rossi, 1:08-CR-468-001)

Judge Boyko sentenced investment banker Phillip Rossi to twelve years in federal prison on July 13, 2009. Rossi was found guilty of bilking investors out of $3.5 million.

Boyko threw out the normal sentencing guidelines and gave Rossi twice the maximum sentence the guidelines would have allowed. Rossi pleaded guilty to a single count of fraud.

In explaining his rationale for the sentence, Boyko took issue with Rossi continuing to defraud investors after he had been confronted last fall by both FBI and Postal Service investigators. Boyko also noted that the twelve-year sentence was warranted when Rossi continued to contact victims after his indictment. "That to me is the height of arrogance and greed," said Judge Boyko.[2] Rossi later appealed to the Sixth Circuit, but Boyko's decision was upheld.[3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Paul Matia
Northern District of Ohio
Seat #12
Succeeded by:

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