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We tried 2 complex criminal jury trials with the same defendant & the same AUSA's within a matter of weeks. I have tried hundreds of jury trials over 40 years, & have seen 'it all.' This judge was absolutely spot on in every way. He is very smart, works extremely hard, was courteous throughout all the proceedings pre-trial, trial, & post verdict. He has a set of courtroom rules as do practically all federal judges nationwide, & all one has to do is follow them (not all that difficult) & it is a professional & good experience to be before him. His Courtroom Clerk, Victor Cruz, is a jewel. Anyone who complains about him doesn't get it. He is courtesy, helpful, always pleasant, & I have seen him only be helpful to those who are just dipping their toes into the federal system pond. Certainly one of the most experienced Clerks in the building, & is gracious in his willingness to assist. In all, I would have been pleased to have drawn this judge 'at the wheel' each & every time.
7/15/19, 2:16 AM
Hon. S. James Otero

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