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Frederic Block


Frederic Block

Frederic Block was appointed United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York on September 29, 1994, and entered duty on October 31, 1994. He assumed senior status on September 1, 2005. He received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in 1956 and an LLB degree from Cornell Law School in 1959.

During his 23 years on the bench, Judge Block has presided over a number of high-profile cases, including the trials of former Bear Stearns hedge fund managers Ralph Cioffi and Matthew Tannin, Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff, Peter Gotti, Lemrick Nelson and nightclub magnate Peter Gatien. He regularly sits by designation on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In addition to RACE TO JUDGMENT, he recently authored the bestselling book entitled DISROBED: An Inside Look at the Life and Work of a Federal Trial Judge.

He also co-authored the 1985 off-Broadway musical "Professionally Speaking" (music and lyrics). He has published articles on a variety of legal topics.

Frederic Block

Books by Frederic Block

by Frederic Block - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

RACE TO JUDGMENT tracks the rise of African-American civil rights protagonist Ken Williams from his days as an Assistant United States Attorney through his meteoric rise to unseat the long-term, corrupt Brooklyn DA because of a spate of phony convictions against black defendants, including one of Judge Frederic Block's real cases (JoJo Jones in the book) for the murder of a Hasidic rabbi. Williams' dramatic courtroom antics (with the aid of his colorful private eye) results in JoJo's exoneration after 16 years behind bars. In addition, Williams defends a young black guidance counselor accused of killing the rabbi's son many years ago, and champions the cause of a young Hasidic woman raped by her father.