Hon. Jack B. Weinstein See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
E.D.N.Y.  
Average Rating:8.8 - 31 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. Jack B. Weinstein


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21555
Rating:9.9
Comments:
He is the best judge by far that I have appeared in front of. He is 92 years old and has not lost a step. He is brilliant. Frankly, he should be rated in a category by himself.

Other

Comment #: 20610
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Brilliant and corageous man.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 18355
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Greatest federal judge that ever lived. God bless him - at this time he is about 91 years old and as sharp and industrious as ever. I hope to have the privilege of appear before him again.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 12263
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Hard to rate JBW as "pro-defendant" or "pro-government." He seems to only be driven by what "truth" compels him. He is brilliant, scholarly, honest and experienced. There is no judge like JBW.

Other

Comment #: 11829
Rating:9.0
Comments:
A serious and a very fair man . I think its great that at sentencing he sits across from defendents and not on the bench he is very respectful to everyone in the courtroom.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 9160
Rating:10.0
Comments:
A national treasure.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 8805
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I was somewhat concerned when I appeared before him recently in a white collar case where the client had some criminal history. In the end, his Honor gave a just non-custodial sentence that both the government and the defense could live with.

Other

Comment #: 8529
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
has a liberal agenda. If the legislature won't do what he wants, he will do it by judicial fiat. One Federal Appellate judge specifically asked the plaintiff in one of the firearms cases, why they all were filed in front of Weinstein, despite the fact it could have been filed by walking across the street in Manhattan.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 6283
Rating:3.7
Comments:
Too old and should retire. I once saw this judge actually give up a CI in front of the people he was providing information to the government on during an arraignment.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 6184
Rating:9.9
Comments:
Fully deserving of his legendary status - one of the great judges in American history. He has his flaws, as all great men and women do, but after five trials before him, I am a great fan of Judge Weinstein. He lets you try your case; he is somewhat remote and Olympian at times, but he does care about people. He is extremely activist(and sometimes lawless), but almost always fair and thoughtful (and not as liberal as many people think). He is masterful in controlling the courtroom, but also has a fine sense of humor even about himself, a quality needed in any judge.

Prosecutor

Comment #: 6119
Rating:5.1
Comments:
2nd Circuit overrules City of NY vs. Gun Manufacturers case. Judge Weinstein has been known to side with plaintiffs in other Tobacco and Firearms cases. He is an activist judge who needs to retire. From the case: We conclude that the City’s claim, predicated on New York Penal Law § 240.45, does not fall within an exception to the claim restricting provisions of the Act because that statute does not fall within the contours of the Act’s predicate exception. We also hold that the PLCAA is a valid exercise of the powers granted to Congress pursuant to the Commerce Clause and that the PLCAA does not violate the doctrine of separation of powers or otherwise offend the Constitution in any manner alleged by the City. Reversed.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4856
Rating:9.4
Comments:
Brilliant man who sometimes seems bored with the bench and makes up new law and theories to amuse himself. But still a great judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4242
Rating:9.9
Comments:
Wonderful human being defendants respect him and the way he carries his duties. He treats everyone with respect and is knowledgble in all aspects of the law. May he live to be 120 years old.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 3992
Rating:8.6
Comments:
Simply the best. Loves lawyers. Great demeanor. Knows who he is and has no ego issue, as long as you know who he is too. Did I mention Brilliant? I should have because he is. Reliable and independant. A real "Mensch."

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 2713
Rating:9.2
Comments:
A really fine, industrious, highly knowledgeable jurist with, as far as I know, an unblemished reputation,

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1722
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I agree with one of the posters. If he is "result oriented" isn't that next to lawlessness? It should be the law as duly promulgated, not the law according to Jack. All in all, I'd rather have him though than many other judges.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1408
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
A great judge. Very independent. Very smart.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1392
Rating:8.3
Comments:
Intelligent and independent.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1246
Rating:7.5
Comments:
As everyone knows, Judge Weinstein is brilliant BUT he has a tendency to make up the law as he likes it to be. That is, he is a result-oriented, "activist" judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1179
Rating:9.7
Comments:
The Gold Standard.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1109
Rating:9.4
Comments:
Judge Weinstein wrote the book in more ways than one! He is usually a step ahead of the attorneys in the case.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1092
Rating:9.0
Comments:
Scholar. Great jurist. Very decent on bail and sentencing. Great at trial.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1025
Rating:9.6
Comments:
Judge Weinstein is an institution. At - what -- 85? he's still extraordinarily vigorous. Absolutely cuts through the B.S. Voluntarily took 500 habeas petitions a couple of years ago to stem the backlog and put together a staff to address them all in a year. Extremely innovative. Can take what would be a 100 page jury instruction before any other judge and cut it to 20 pages. Authors the principal treatise on federal evidence and ignores most of it. Defintely not into extended argument. A touch of arrogance.
Not likely to be another like him.