Hon. Gary L. Sharpe See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
N.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:4.1 - 18 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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What others have said about Hon. Gary L. Sharpe


Comments


Litigant

Comment #: 24000
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Has NEVER ruled in favor of an inmate, whether the inmate is innocent or not. Refused to recuse even with a severe conflict of interest in Myers v. Annucci, et. al., acknowledging that he's friends with the defendant. 15cv46.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22609
Rating:3.0
Comments:
If you represent a Social Security Claimant you are out of luck. Judge Sharpe denies them all, no matter that the ALJ committed several significant errors.

Other

Comment #: 21814
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I guess my expectations, based on the law and the facts of the case, would make Judge Sharpe want to be fair.

In some cases, his arbitrary and capricious actions in my case (or whoever he designated the case to, failed miserably. Its there right in front of you. So, please look. I think my response was based on what I perceived to be a deliberate distortion of evidence and law. Sometimes we don't know why judges act lazy. It is prejudice, bias, stubbornness, I don't know. But I was counting on you allow justice to occur. The comments regarding JEL are in that, how can a person be a litigant in a case and never been served. How can the docket in that case say notices sent, when no notices were sent. The Justice System needs to self-correct. When I read the decisions and orders involving white males ........ a big difference in Judge Sharpe's (or someone acting on this behalf.) Maybe he is disabled too. Pancreatic problems, or perhaps liver problems with mental deficits. It just science and speculative. I am not a doctor. All this work???????? It's your job, Judge. I know free-writing online is never a good idea. But I am me, and I am unique. I have a right to be me.

Other

Comment #: 21813
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I am not sure if it is Sharpe or his law clerk. His alleged writings are so outrageous and contrary to the records, and bias, distorted......there's one main type of person who does that and it just so happens to fit with JEL, his law clerk. I've seen documents wherein he will submit text orders contrary to evidence. Ultimately, it is Sharpe's responsibility. Evil, vile, slanderous, OUTRAGEOUS!!!!! You would like a Federal Court would be interested in justice. How can he be the head judge in NDNY if he is acting fairly? He double sentences a sex offender and adds his psychological opinion that the defendant was, born with the propensity. Sounds like first-hand knowledge to me. That's the issue, he doesn't rule based on the record, or JEL, or CH, they go by their own bias, prejudice and pre-determinations based on their OWN LIFE EXPERIENCES. Simply outrageous.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21802
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Bi-polar, woman-hating, rubber-faced, lazy...... spiteful, lazy, lazy, lazy, "Hey, I have something more important than what happened to you waiting for me." Like Judge Cardona, God will deal with him ..... LAZY and evil, and stupid and attention-seeking, are my main impressions. The sketches drawn of him he looks rather dark-skinned. My guess, he lives in Florida with possibly a landing strip in back of his Florida Residence. Shaddy-Sharpe.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 13439
Rating:1.0
Comments:
They made this impotent chief judge in NDNY. He plays the ultimate screw you game. Hey judge, I got a problem, he says by his words and lazy inaction, "SCREW YOU." As long as he is comfortable all is good, sociopath.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 13404
Rating:2.3
Comments:
This man believes ALL criminal defendants are genetically predisposed, and so states in the presence of their progenitors on the record in open court.

Litigant

Comment #: 13380
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Very ignorant man, should he face the problems that some of the people before him have faced, I hope he finds himself in front of a mirror.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13279
Rating:1.0
Comments:
An ego maniac. Each and every civil case assigned to him will end up in the second circuit. It makes me feel ashamed of having been a life-long Republican. A real ego maniac. The Courtroom is not baseball. He ignores documents sent in by plaintiff's side, just ignores them and lets time pass. Each and every civil case will end up in appellate court or the plaintiff will ultimately seek out their own kind of justice. Too bad he is a life appointment. Ego maniac.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 12110
Rating:8.0
Comments:
The pun is inevitable - Judge Sharpe is sharp. He knows the law perhaps better than any judge in the Northern District. If you argue in front of him, you best know the cases you cite as well as those cases cited by the cases you cite. He shoots from the hip often, sometimes to his detriment. However, at the end of the day, he relies upon the law.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 11711
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I HAVE ONLY ONE CASE IN THE NORTHERN DISTRICT AND THEREFORE I'D RATHER NOT SINGLE MYSELF OUT W/ ANY COMMENTS ABOUT A PARTICULAR BENCH OFFICER

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 11536
Rating:1.3
Comments:
he's very arrogant - smart, but not as smart as he thinks.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 11395
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Judge Sharpe is the among the better judges on the NDNY bench. He is incredibly pragmatic, and doesn't waste lawyer's time. Bench decisions at argument are not a rarity, Get him talking about baseball and you'll be there a while.

Other

Comment #: 9926
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I had a good experience with Judge Sharpe and like him alot. He has a fine mind and will try to help you if you listen to him.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 9752
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Unreasonable, inflexible, insulting on sentencing.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5592
Rating:3.5
Comments:
Judge Sharpe is the living embodiment of everything that is wrong with the judicial appointments put forward by George W. Bush. He is both lazy and dumb, and he takes great pleasure in imposing his own brand of right-wing "justice" upon those who enter his courtroom. His decisions frequently make no sense, are unresearched and ignore the factual record provided to the Court. Consequently, they are frequently reversed. Once a case is remanded, Judge Sharpe will then blame the prevailing lawyer for "failing to bring relevant authority to his attention," the functional equivalent of the teacher blaming the student when they don't know what they are doing. Simple cases languish forever awaiting a poorly drafted written decision. He also begrudges lawyers who appear before him from earning a good living, and will poleax them on attorneys' fees, all the while taking great pleasure in it.

He is a nice guy in person (sort of like John Roberts), and is good about scheduling, but the bad far, far outweighs the good. If you represent defendants in civil litigation and see GLS on your scheduling notice, be joyful. If you represent plaintiffs and see those initials, you ought to consider withdrawing from the case, because you have just checked yourself into the latest heartbreak suite at the Heartbreak Hotel that is the Northern District of New York. At a minimum, make sure you have a good record for the inevitable appeal from summary judgment.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1497
Rating:8.2
Comments:
He came on the bench when he was a magistrate ready to put my client in after some violations of pretrial release. I came prepared and he acknowledged that he would have put the client in, but for our new arguments. So my conclusion is that he listens to the arguments of counsel and keeps an open mind. He seems thoughtful and concerned, but runs a tight ship and dosent tolerate screw up defendants.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1432
Rating:7.8
Comments:
Pleasant judge. Can be swayed by advocacy in trial or at sentencing. Listens to arguments from counsel before deciding issue.