Stephen Robinson

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Stephen Robinson
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Title:   Former Judge
Position:   Seat #4
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   9/22/2003 - 8/11/2010
Preceded by:   John S. Martin, Jr.
Succeeded by:   Edgardo Ramos
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Cornell University (1979)
Law School:   Cornell Law School (1984)



Stephen C. Robinson was 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. Robinson resigned on August 11, 2010.

Early life and education

Robinson graduated from Cornell with his bachelor's degree in 1979 and later graduated from Cornell Law with hid J.D. degree in 1984[1].

Professional career

Robinson began his legal career as a private practice attorney in New York City from 1984 to 1987 before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office as Assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1987 to 1991 before moving into the private sector as Managing director & associate general counsel for Kroll Associates from 1991 to 1993. In 1993, Robinson became Principal deputy general counsel & special assistant to the director of the FBI from 1993 to 1995 before becoming Counsel & chief compliance officer of Aetna U.S. Healthcare from 1995 to 1998 before being nominated by President Bill Clinton as U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut from 1998 to 2001 before becoming Interim manager for Empower New Haven, Inc. from 2002-2003[1]

Judicial career

Southern district of New York

Robinson was nominated by President George W. Bush on March 5, 2003 to a seat vacated by John S. Martin, Jr. Robinson was confirmed by the Senate on September 17, 2003 on a majority voice vote and received commission on September 22, 2003[2]. Robinson resigned on August 11, 2010. He was succeeded in this position by Edgardo Ramos.

Notable cases

Senate porn case

Judge Robinson sentenced a former New York State Senator's legal counsel to 57 months in federal prison on December 22, 2009.

Robert Groezinger was fired from his position representing former State Senator Serphin Maltese after being first charged in October of 2008 of having child pornography on his computer.

As part of his sentence, Groezinger must register as a federal sexual offender[3].

NYPD commissioner case

Judge Robinson presided in the case of Bernard Kerik, former New York City Police Commissioner. Kerik was indicted in 2007 on charges of accepting free rent and tax evasion. On October 20, 2009, Robinson revoked Kerik's bail over classified information leaked during a pre-trial conference[4].

On October 28, 2009, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals denied a appeal from Kerik's lawyers to reinstate his bail. This comes after Judge Robinson has delayed the trial of Bernard Kerik which was supposed to begin on November 2, 2009. It is unknown when a new trial date will be scheduled[5].

On November 5, 2009, Bernard Kerik in front of Judge Robinson pleaded guilty to eight counts of corruption charges while pleading not guilty to the other seven counts. As part of pleading guilty on eight charges, the most serious charges against the former Commissioner were dropped. A sentencing date is yet to be scheduled, but it is expected Kerik will get 27 to 33 months in federal prison[6].

Kerik was sentenced to four years in federal prison on February 18, 2010 by Judge Robinson. In announcing the sentencing, the Judge called Kerik's damage to the New York Police Department "immeasurable". Kerik was the first top New York City Police official in over 100 years to be convicted of corruption charges. Federal sentencing guidelines recommended a 27 to 33 month sentence for Kerik[7].

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
John S. Martin, Jr.
Southern District of New York
2003–2010
Succeeded by:
Edgardo Ramos


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