Kevin Castel

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Kevin Castel
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #18
Station:   New York, NY
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   09/22/2003 - Present
Preceded by:   Lawrence McKenna
Personal History
Born:   1950
Hometown:   Jamaica, NY
Undergraduate:   St. John's U., B.S., 1972
Law School:   St. John's U. School of Law, J.D., 1975



Kevin Castel is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He joined the court in 2003 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. After a stint as a legal clerk for a federal judge, Castel entered private practice where he remained until his 2003 federal judicial appointment.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Jamaica, New York, Castel graduated from St. John`s University - New York with his bachelor's degree in 1972 and later graduated from St. John`s University of New York Law with a Juris Doctor degree in 1975.[1]

Professional career

Castel began his legal career as a law clerk for federal judge Kevin Duffy for the Southern District of New York from 1975 to 1977 before entering private practice in New York City until 2003.[1]

Judicial career

Southern District of New York

Castel was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by President George W. Bush on March 5, 2003 to a seat vacated by Lawrence McKenna as McKenna assumed senior status. Castel was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 17, 2003 on a majority vote and received commission on September 22, 2003.[2]

Notable cases

USA v. John Gotti, Jr. (2009)

  United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
     *USA v. John Gotti, Jr. 8:08-cr 00312.T.23EAJ
USA v. John Gotti, Jr., Indictment under 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1962(d)

In 2009, Judge Castel presided in the Junior Gotti case on charges of conspiring and drug trafficking.[3] [4] This was the fourth trial of Gotti; the three previous trials ended with hung juries.[5]

On July 8, 2009 Judge Castel denied requests to throw out a racketeering indictment and grant bond to Gotti while he was awaiting trial in September of 2009. The motion was made as Gotti has had health problems, including kidney stones. Attorneys for Gotti made the request due to complaints of the lack of attention towards the issue at the correctional facility.[5]

On December 1, 2009, Judge Castel declared a mistrial in the case of John "Junior" Gotti. This happened after a jury was deadlocked for eleven days in trying to reach a verdict. It was reported that the jury could not find unanimous consent in reaching a verdict.[6]

See Generally


See also

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

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References

Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Lawrence McKenna
Southern District of New York
2003–Current
Succeeded by:
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