Hon. Eric N. Vitaliano See Rating Details
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Average Rating:6.8 - 10 rating(s)
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*Temperament:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Scholarship:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Industriousness:   (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
*Ability to Handle Complex Litigation:    (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Punctuality:    (1=Chronic`y Late,10=Always on Time)
*Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation:    (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
*Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation:   (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Flexibility In Scheduling   (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Pre-Trial:   (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions:   (1=Least Involved,10=Most Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Trial:    (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Sentencing:    (1=Most Lenient,10=Most Harsh)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators:    (1=10%,10=100%)
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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21797
Eric N. Vitaliano: the "N" stands for "NIMBY". When there was an opening in the Eastern District, Senator Schumer couldn't find a crackpot conservative he could stomach that he could recommend to President Bush, so this guy was the compromise choice. You're fishing in shallow waters with this guy. Doesn't read many of the orders ghost-written by his law clerk; he just signs and enters them on blind faith. Slovenly work ethic. Some judges read every word carefully in the briefs. Not this guy. Maybe it's because he's cock-eyed. He's got one eye on the page in front of him and another eye on the door, wishing he could go home. What else he looks at is anyone's guess, but it certainly isn't the work in front of him. He does know what kind of results he wants in a case, and he lets you know it in the papers he writes.

When he was Assmeblyman, he was a pro-death penalty, anti-landfill secessionist on SI. That's all he thought about. I guess he was afraid the state would bury convicts in the SI landfill after executing them - probably in his backyard. Their ghosts would be wandering through his house at night, waking him and Helen.

The quality of the federal bench is generally superb. Many judges there are the best of the best. These judge belong there; they understand each case thoroughly and they work hard to do the right thing. They were put there for their skills and reasoned temperaments.

Then you have judges who are appointed to fulfill an ideological agenda. They're not there to be judges, but to maintain a school of thought - "values", those knee-jerk reactionaries call it - which are not values at all but a maintenance of resistance to basic constitutional safeguards they view as "radical" or "coddling criminals". We have judges a dime a dozen like that in the local courts. When politics gets involved, you get people like Vitaliano in a black robe. Sadly, they stay there until the Grim Reaper decommissions them

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 18356
Nice guy - but really. A blue collar mope from Staten Island (where I own a home and have raised a family) as a federal judge? Better suited to his former criminal court position. A testament to politics!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 9374
A truly thoughtful jurist. He reads every word of every sentencing paper including all letters submitted on behalf of a defendant.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 6751
A gentleman and a scholar who really wants to do the right thing.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5834
Absolutely one of the best judges around.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5675
In my opinion, he's a complete hack - this man should not be on the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1154
Rating:Not Rated
One of the most pleasant judges to deal with.