Kenneth M. Karas
Kenneth Michael Karas
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York|
|Assumed office |
June 13, 2004
|Appointed by||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Allen G. Schwartz|
Kenneth Michael Karas
1964 (age 54–55)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
|Education||Georgetown University (B.A.)|
Columbia Law School (J.D.)
Kenneth Michael Karas (born 1964) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Education and career
Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Karas received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University in 1986 and a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School in 1991. Karas was a law clerk for Judge Reena Raggi of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in 1992. He was an Assistant United States Attorney of the Southern District of New York from 1992 to 2004.
Federal judicial service
On September 18, 2003, Karas was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York vacated by Allen G. Schwartz. Karas was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 3, 2004, and received his commission on June 13, 2004.
On January 11, 2008 Karas sentenced Olympic gold medalist Marion Jones to six months in prison for making false statements after it was discovered that she had lied to federal investigators on two separate occasions: when she and Tim Montgomery were being investigated over the BALCO scandal and about her knowledge of fellow Olympian Montgomery's involvement in fraud. On May 16 that year he sentenced Montgomery, who was also Jones' ex-boyfriend, to 46 months in prison for his part in a multimillion-dollar fake-check scheme.
In February and March 2015 Karas presided over Malcolm Smith and Dan Halloran's trials for corruption. Smith was convicted on bribery and extortion charges while Halloran was found guilty of various corruption charges, including taking bribes to aid Smith's 2013 campaign for Mayor of New York City. He turned down the defense's appeal for leniency and sentenced Halloran to ten years in prison. The high-profile trials of Smith and Halloran were part of string of cases brought forward by federal investigators in an effort to curb political corruption within the New York state government.
He is married to Frances Bivens and has two children.
- "Senate Hearing 108-135: PRESENTATION OF KENNETH M. KARAS, NOMINEE TO BE DISTRICT JUDGE FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, BY HON. CHARLES E. SCHUMER, A U.S. SENATOR FROM THE STATE OF NEW YORK". Government Printing Office. November 19, 2003.
- "Karas, Kenneth M. - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
- Congressional Record, V. 150, Pt. 9, June 2, 2004 to June 16 2004. Government Printing Office. pp. 11488–9.
- "FORMER OLYMPIC CHAMPION MARION JONES-THOMPSON SENTENCED TO 6 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS IN TWO FEDERAL CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS" (PDF). United States Attorney's Office — Southern District of New York. January 11, 2008.
- "Halloran, Ex-Queens Councilman, Is Sentenced to 10 Years". The New York Times. March 4, 2015.
- "Former State Senate Leader Malcolm Smith and Queens GOP Leader Vincent Tabone Found Guilty in White Plains Federal Court of Bribery and Fraud Charges Connected to 2013 NYC Mayor's Race". FBI – New York Field Office. February 5, 2015.
- "WEDDINGS; Frances Bivens, Kenneth Karas". The New York Times. September 3, 1995.
- Kenneth M. Karas at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- Profile – Southern District of New York
Allen G. Schwartz
| Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York