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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #4
Station:   Wilkes-Barre, PA
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   11/12/1997 - 03/30/2009
Senior:   03/31/2009 - Present
Preceded by:   Richard Conaboy
Succeeded by:   Malachy Mannion
Personal History
Born:   1938
Hometown:   Portchester, NY
Undergraduate:   Brown, A.B., 1960
Law School:   University of Pennsylvania Law School, LL.B., 1963
Military service:   U.S. Air Force 1964 - 1967

A. Richard Caputo is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He joined the court in 1997 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. He is serving on senior status.

Early life and education

A native of Pennsylvania, Caputo graduated from Brown University with his bachelor's degree in 1960 and later graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School with his Law degree in 1963. Caputo also served in the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps from 1964 to 1967.[1]

Professional career

Caputo served as a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Pennsylvania from 1963 to 1964 and 1968 to 1997. Also, Caputo served as a Assistant public defender in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania in 1968.[1]

Judicial career

Middle District of Pennsylvania

Caputo was nominated by President Bill Clinton on July 31, 1997, to a seat vacated by Richard Conaboy as Conaboy assumed senior status. Caputo was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 9, 1997 on a senate vote and received commission on November 12, 1997.[1]

Notable cases

Whistleblower judge in "Kids for Cash" case cannot sue certain defendants (2013)

     United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (Lokuta v. Sallemi, et al, 3:13-cv-00288-ARC)

On October 9, 2013, Judge Caputo ruled that former Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Ann H. Lokuta could not sue several of the defendants named in her suit for reinstatement to the bench. In the underlying case, Lokuta filed suit in February 2013 against two former judges (Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. and Michael T. Conahan), both of whom are now in prison for accepting millions of dollars in kickbacks to send children to for-profit detention centers, as well as five court administrators for their alleged participation in a conspiracy to have her removed from the bench following her service as an FBI informant in the "Kids for Cash" scandal. Lokuta's complaint asserted numerous civil rights violations under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983, the federal civil conspiracy statute, as well as violations of her rights under the First, Fifth, Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendments. In March 2013, the five court administrator defendants filed separate motions to dismiss Lokuta's complaint. Caputo later granted the five motions to dismiss as to the court administrator defendants because Lokuta's suit was not timely filed, and the two-year statute of limitations on her claims had already expired. Further, as discussed in Caputo's decision, Lokuta was barred from re-litigating issues already decided on the state court level, and two of the named defendants in the suit were entitled to prosecutorial immunity. Though five of the original defendants were removed from Lokuta's complaint, the suit against former Judges Ciavarella and Conahan still stands.[2][3][4]

"Kids for Cash" class action suit (2009)

     United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (H.T. et al. v. Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr., et al., 3:09-cv-0357)

Judge Caputo is presiding in a case involving juvenile offenders attempting to recover damages from former Common Pleas judge Mark Ciavarella. Civarella, in 2009, pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges as the judge profited from a juvenile detention center that he had a stake in. The suit is ongoing.[5]

Former district judge sentenced for theft of fed. funds (2009)

     United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (United States, v. Karen Holly, 3:02-ra-06000)

On November 24, 2009, Judge Caputo sentenced former Luzerne County, Pennsylvania District Judge Karen Holly to thirty days in a halfway house for stealing $6,300 from the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority in a month. Holly is a former Luzerne County judge and was the third former judge to face corruption charges in 2009 in a federal court.[6]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Richard Conaboy
Middle District of Pennsylvania
Seat #4
Succeeded by:
Malachy Mannion

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