Richard Sullivan

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Richard Sullivan
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #14
Station:   New York, NY
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   08/01/2007 - Present
Succeeded by:   Michael Mukasey
Personal History
Born:   1964
Hometown:   Manhasset, NY
Undergraduate:   College of William and Mary, B.A., 1986
Law School:   Yale Law, J.D., 1990

Richard Sullivan is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He joined the court in 2007 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. Prior to his appointment to the federal bench, Sullivan was General Counsel for Marsh Inc from 2006 to 2007.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Manhasset, New York, Sullivan graduated from College of Willam and Mary with his bachelor's degree in 1986 and later from Yale Law School with his J.D. in 1990.[1]

Professional career

Sullivan was a law clerk for Federal Appeals Judge David Ebel for the United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit in Denver from 1990 to 1991. He entered private practice as an attorney in New York from 1991 to 1994, then served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York for the U.S. Attorney's Office from 1994 to 2005. From 2005 to 2007, Sullivan was Deputy General Counsel for Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. and General Counsel for Marsh Inc. from 2006 to 2007.[1]

Judicial career

Southern District of New York

Sullivan was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by President George W. Bush on February 15, 2007 to a seat vacated by Michael Mukasey as Mukasey was nominated to serve as United States Attorney General. Sullivan was confirmed by the Senate on June 28, 2007, and received commission on August 1, 2007.[2]

Notable cases

NYPD mass arrests (2009)

     United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Michael Schiller v. The City of New York, et al., 1:04-cv-07922-RJS-JCF)

Judge Sullivan ordered the New York Police Department to release arrest records of 1,800 protesters arrested and detained at the 2004 Republican National Convention. This came after the New York Civil Liberties Union demanded a review of the arrest records. This was another order from the judge to the New York Police to release the records.[3]

Madoff collusion case (2009)

     United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (USA v. Frank DiPascali Jr., 1:09-cr-00764-RJS)

Judge Sullivan presided in the case of Frank DiPascali, a former associate of disgraced investment banker Bernie Madoff. On August 11, 2009, DiPascali pleaded guilty to charges that he aided the investment banker in a Ponzi Scheme.[4]

Despite DiPascali's cooperation with prosecutors, Judge Sullivan ordered him jailed until his sentencing as the judge deemed him a flight risk.[4]

Court documents

YES Network case (2010)

     United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Robert M. Gutkowski v. George Steinbrenner III, 1:09-cv-07535-RJS)

Judge Sullivan rejected a lawsuit by a former Madison Square Garden executive that claimed George Steinbrenner gave the idea for the YES Sports Network.

Bob Gutkowski, who previously ran Madison Square Garden, said that he was promised compensation for helping start up the YES Network and was seeking $23 million dollars in lost compensation.

The case was thrown out after finding that there was not enough evidence beyond a reasonable doubt to prove that Steinbrenner was liable.[5]

Comments about the U.S. Attorney's Office

During a panel discussion on Public Corruption at the Practising Law Institute in October 2013, Judge Sullivan criticized the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Southern District of New York for its sensationalized statements in press releases.[6] During the panel discussion, Judge Sullivan said:

This seems to be designed for tabloid consumption. . . . there should be a question asked that is that appropriate at the preconviction stage.[7] [8]

While United States Attorney Preet Bharara's office had no official comment, a prosecutor who also sat on the panel stated that the office's tone used in press releases was designed to be understandable for citizens. He also pointed out that the goal was to draw attention to cases.[7]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Michael Mukasey
Southern District of New York
2007–Current
Succeeded by:
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