Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Another Sign of SDNY-Centrism?

LoCascio v. United States, Docket No. 05-6761-pr (2d Cir. Jan. 9, 2007) (Cardamone, Straub, Koeltl) (per curiam): There is little of interest in this fact-specific opinion, which principally rejects LoCascio's (the co-defendant of the senior John Gotti, RIP) motion to recuse Judge Glasser from deciding his ยง 2255 petition (based principally on a claim that his attorney suffered from an actual conflict at the trial because Gotti threatened to kill the attorney if he did anything adverse to Gotti's interests). But we must point out that the Circuit errs, twice, in describing this as an appeal "from the judgment of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (I. Leo Glasser, Judge)." Op. 1 & 2 (emphasis added). Last we checked, Judge Glasser sits in the EDNY, and the underlying trial -- starring the notorious Sammy "the Bull" Gravano as Government Snitch No. 1 -- occurred in Brooklyn.


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