Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Mother, Did It Need to Be So High?

August 2021 Bar Bulletin

Early in my career, I had the privilege of litigating a Yellow Pages1 bench trial before Judge Weinstein in the district court for the Eastern District of New York. Reading about Judge Weinstein’s recent passing reminded me of two indelible memories from his courtroom. First, that every dispute over admissibility of evidence culminated with counsel for one of the parties arguing: “But, Your Honor, in your treatise you said that . . .” and Judge Weinstein responding, “Well, that’s just a general rule, I’ll let it in for now and decide what weight to give it.”2 Second, Judge Weinstein’s approach to sentencing...

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