Charles P. Kocoras

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Charles P. Kocoras
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Assumed office
June 30, 2006
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
In office
2002–2006
Preceded byMarvin E. Aspen
Succeeded byJames F. Holderman
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
In office
September 30, 1980 – June 30, 2006
Appointed byJimmy Carter
Preceded byAlfred Younges Kirkland Sr.
Succeeded byRobert Michael Dow Jr.
Personal details
Born
Charles Petros Kocoras

1938 (age 80–81)
Chicago, Illinois
EducationDePaul University (B.S.)
DePaul University College of Law (J.D.)

Charles Petros Kocoras (born 1938) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Kocoras received a Bachelor of Science degree from DePaul University in 1961 and a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in 1969. He served in the Illinois Army National Guard from 1961 to 1967. He was in private practice in Chicago from 1969 to 1971, and from 1979 to 1980. He was the First Assistant United States Attorney of the Northern District of Illinois from 1971 to 1977. He has served as an adjunct professor of the John Marshall Law School since 1975. He was Chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission from 1977 to 1979.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On June 2, 1980, Kocoras was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois vacated by Judge Alfred Younges Kirkland Sr. Kocoras was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 29, 1980, and received his commission on September 30, 1980. He served as Chief Judge from 2002 to 2006, assuming senior status on June 30, 2006.[1]

Notable cases[edit]

Kocoras presided over the September 2006 suit brought by bulk email company e360 Insight against the anti-spam organization Spamhaus. He awarded e360 a default judgement totaling $11.7m in damages,[2] an amount reduced to just $3 on appeal.[3]

In January 2014, Kocoras sentenced Ty Warner, the billionaire sole owner of Ty Inc. (maker of Beanie Babies and other plush toys), for failing to declare and pay income tax on earnings in a Swiss bank account. Warner paid $80 million, including $75 million in interest and penalties, but was sentenced to no jail time due to the judge's respect for his exceptionally generous ongoing philanthropy.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Charles Petros Kocoras at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ "Can an American judge take a British company offline?". Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Spamhaus Victory in Final Appeal in E360 Case", 2011-09-05, Quentin Jenkins
  4. ^ "Behind the Beanie Babies: The Secret Life of Ty Warner", 'Chicago' Magazine, April 2014

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Preceded by
Alfred Younges Kirkland Sr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
1980–2006
Succeeded by
Robert Michael Dow Jr.
Preceded by
Marvin E. Aspen
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
2002–2006
Succeeded by
James F. Holderman