Vinoo Varghese

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Vinoo Varghese
Vinoo Varghese

Vinoo Varghese is an American lawyer who has defended high-profile clients in New York State and federal courts around the country.[1] He provides legal commentary in print and on television. He has appeared on programs such as Hardball with Chris Matthews,[2] The Ingraham Angle,[3] Tucker Carlson Tonight,[4] The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,[5] and CBS This Morning.[6] A former prosecutor himself,[7] Varghese, however, is an outspoken critic of the nearly unlimited power of prosecutors.[8] On March 21, 2020, the New York Daily News published an op-ed that Varghese wrote blasting Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision not to include criminal defense lawyers as "essential" in Cuomo's COVID-19 shutdown order.[9] The next day, criminal defense lawyers were deemed "essential."[10]

Academics[edit]

Varghese graduated from Chaminade High School.[11][12] He earned his B.A. in Philosophy from New York University (NYU).[13] Three years after graduating from NYU, he enrolled at Brooklyn Law School, where he earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.).[14]

Career[edit]

After his graduating law school in 2000, Varghese began his legal career as a prosecutor with the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, where he worked in the trial bureaus, investigations, and appeals. His last position there was running a unit called the Assault on Police Officer Program, which prosecuted attempted murders of NYPD officers.[15][16] Since February 2006, Varghese has been working as a criminal law defense attorney[17][16] at Varghese & Associates, P.C[13] located on Wall Street.

Varghese has defended multiple high-profile clients. In 2013, Varghese defended Rengan Rajaratnam,[18] the younger brother of Galleon hedge fund king, Raj Rajaratnam,[19] on insider trading charges.[20]

In 2014, Varghese defended New York City Councilman Daniel Halloran[21] who was described by then U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara[22] as the “quarterback” of a scheme to put a Democrat, Malcolm Smith on the Republican ticket for New York City Mayor.[2] Varghese later criticized Bharara for his pretrial comments to The New York Times.[23] During the trial, the New York Times noted that Varghese's cross-examination of an FBI agent led to a mistrial. During the cross, the agent admitted there were multiple recordings of an informant the government hadn't turned over to the defense. This led to multiple mistrial motions, which Southern District Judge Kenneth M. Karas[24] ultimately granted.

From 2009 to 2015, Varghese represented Tomas Olazabal, a construction company owner charged with tax fraud by the Department of Justice's Tax Division. Olazabal was initially convicted at trial due in large part, to prosecutorial misconduct, but Varghese successfully petitioned the trial judge, Brian Cogan[25] of the Eastern District of New York to grant a rare Rule 33 motion for a new trial. The government then appealed the conviction to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. There, Varghese successfully beat back the government's appeal.[26] The DOJ Tax Division then retried Olazabal. The second time around, Varghese secured a complete acquittal.[27]

In 2019, Varghese represented Christopher Gooley,[28] a juror on the Chanel Lewis murder retrial in Queens. Lewis, a young black man with a history of mental illness was convicted in a retrial of murdering young Italian American jogger, Karina Vetrano. The case garnered international attention due to the racial optics of the case and Lewis’ mental state. Gooley, shortly after voting guilty spoke with reporters and told them that he was unsure about his verdict and accused the other white jurors of allowing race and other factors to influence their guilty verdict. [6][29][30][31][32]

Media Appearances[edit]

Varghese is also a regular legal commentator on multiple news networks. These include CBS News,[33][34][35][36][37][38][39][40] Fox Business,[41][42][43][44][45][46] Fox News,[47][48][49][50][51][52][53] CNN,[54] MSNBC,[55][56][57][58][59] Court TV,[60][61][62][63] BBC,[64] i24,[65][66][67][68][69][70][71][72][73][74][75][76][77] TRT World,[78][79][80] Canadian TV,[81][82] HLN,[83][84][85][86][87][88] and The Today Show Australia.[89] Varghese also guest hosted on Vanity Fair's True Crime series,[90] where he fact checked various financial crime scenes ranging from The Wolf of Wall Street to Billions. Varghese appeared on Inside Edition to comment[91] on the criminal exposure of the photographer who surreptitiously took a picture of Alex Rodriguez on his toilet in his Manhattan high-rise. Varghese was also featured on Nancy Grace's show, Crime Stories, where he commented on the disappearance and murder of Rebecca Hoover.[92] Varghese has also commented on the 2020 Presidential Election on Arabic news network, Sky News Arabia.[93][94]

Op-Eds[edit]

Varghese writes frequently and has had his op-eds published by a variety of news outlets, including the New York Law Journal, Law.com, the New York Daily News, and the New York Post.[95] Major television outlets like Fox News have also interviewed Varghese about his op-eds. Fox News invited Varghese on to discuss New York Governor Cuomo's failure to designate lawyers as “essential” during the Coronavirus pandemic.[96] On May 29, 2020, he wrote an op-ed about the Manhattan DA engaging in selective prosecution by prosecuting Yasmin Seweid[97] in 2016 for a false criminal report, but not Amy Cooper in the Central Park “Karen” incident.[98] He also blasted the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) for advocating for forced adult vaccines, if a COVID-19 vaccine were ever developed. In the same op-ed, he criticized NYSBA for not advocating for its members, lawyers in general, when it refused to fight Cuomo's executive order, designating lawyers as non- “essential.”[99]

Work in the community[edit]

Varghese served as president of Chaminade High School's[100] Alumni Lawyers Association from September 2017 through August 2019.[101] He has also acted as an alumni mentor to New York University's College of Arts and Science students since 2014[13] and taught clinical students from Brooklyn Law School[102] and Hofstra School of Law.[1] He has taught trial advocacy at Harvard Law School,[103] Cardozo Law School,[104] and for the New York City Law Department.[105]

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