Richard J. Cardamone

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Richard Cardamone
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Assumed office
November 13, 1993
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
In office
October 29, 1981 – November 13, 1993
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by William Mulligan
Succeeded by José Cabranes
Personal details
Born 1925 (age 88–89)
Utica, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Harvard University
Syracuse University

Richard J. Cardamone (born 1925) was a United States federal judge.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Utica, New York, Cardamone was in the United States Navy during World War II, from 1943 to 1946, then received a B.A. from Harvard University in 1948 and an LL.B. from Syracuse University College of Law in 1952. He then entered private practice in Utica, until 1962.

Judicial service[edit]

In 1962, Cardamone began his judicial career by gaining election to the New York State Supreme Court, serving as a Justice from 1963 to 1981.

On October 1, 1981, Cardamone was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated by William Hughes Mulligan. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 29, 1981, and received his commission the same day. Cardamone assumed senior status on November 13, 1993.

Reported Decisions[edit]

Cardamone began his opinion in Demoret v. Zegarelli, 451 F.3d 140 (2d Cir. 2006) by whimsically noting a defendant's connection to a classic American short story:

The case before us on this appeal has as one of the named defendants the Village of Sleepy Hollow (Village), a small municipality located on the banks of the Hudson River in Westchester County, New York. The very name Sleepy Hollow evokes shades of the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, and Katrina Van Tassel-all fictional figures made famous by Washington Irving in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Wildside Press 2004) (1917). According to the legend, the Headless Horseman haunts this tranquil village. Its ghost is reportedly responsible for numerous frightful encounters, including one in which the specter scared the schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane, out of town. In this case we do not deal with a headless horseman, but with discord of another kind-the alleged discriminatory treatment faced by plaintiffs, two female employees of the Village.

Demoret v. Zegarelli, 451 F.3d 140, 144 (2d Cir. 2006)


Legal offices
Preceded by
William Mulligan
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Succeeded by
José Cabranes