Complaint alleges that federal judge is too old to hear cases
New York, New York: On October 7, Robert Patterson, an 88-year-old federal judge on senior status with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, dismissed a lawsuit filed by Martin Stoner against Young Concert Artists.
Young Concert Artists is a not-for-profit organization that identifies young musical talent partly through sponsoring competitions. Stoner, who was 60 in 2011, alleged in his unsuccessful lawsuit that the Young Concert Artists engaged in age discrimination when it did not allow Stoner to participate in a competition because of his age.
The case was assigned to Judge Patterson. When Patterson dismissed the case on October 7, he cited fatal irregularities in the brief. After Patterson dismissed Stoner's lawsuit, Stoner struck back by filing a complaint with the federal courts saying that Patterson should not have been allowed to hear the age discrimination lawsuit because Patterson is too old to hear cases.
Patterson's colleagues say that it is false that Patterson is too old to hear cases. Fellow judge Loretta Preska noted that Patterson had recently stepped into a case mid-trial when another judge became ill, absorbing a 2,282-page legal transcript in a single weekend.