Judge Stewart D. Aaron
Hon. Stewart D. Aaron was sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on December 1, 2017. Before joining the Court, he was a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, where he served as the Managing Partner of the New York Office (2012-2015) and the Administrative Partner of the New York Office (2005-2012). Judge Aaron had litigated commercial and civil rights cases in federal and state court, as well as other tribunals, for over 30 years. He is a past President of the New York County Lawyers Association, and currently serves as President of the New York American Inn of Court. Judge Aaron also has served on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society. He was graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law, and received his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.
EDITORIAL AND OPINION
After receiving an unsolicited e-mail from YouTube personality Marcus Conte, Judge Valerie E. Caproni issued an appointment for a magistrate judge (see order below).
U.S. District Court
Southern District of New York (Foley Square)
CIVIL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 1:18-cv-08653-VEC-SDA
|09/10/2019||88||PLAINTIFF’S VERIFIED SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT; re: amending 5 Amended Complaint against Jason Goodman with JURY DEMAND.Document filed by D George Sweigert. Related document: 5 Amended Complaint.(sc) (Entered: 09/11/2019)|
|09/17/2019||89||ORDER OF REFERENCE TO A MAGISTRATE JUDGE: Order that case be referred to the Clerk of Court for assignment to a Magistrate Judge for General Pretrial (includes scheduling, discovery, non-dispositive pretrial motions, and settlement) and Dispositive Motion (i.e., motion requiring a Report and Recommendation). All such Motions. Referred to Magistrate Judge Stewart D. Aaron. SO ORDERED. (Signed by Judge Valerie E. Caproni on 9/17/2019) (ama) (Entered: 09/17/2019)|
Most legal observers of the case believe that the judge issued such an order, in a fast track fashion, to avoid the appearance of judicial prejudice. The Conte “communication” was an e-mail and letter sent to the judge one day after the filing of the Second Amended (2AC) in the lawsuit on 9/11/19.
In an eerie coincidence, allegations are raised in the lawsuit that Jason Goodman attempted to solicit funds from the widows of FDNY fire fighters who died on 9/11/01 in the hopes that a lawsuit could be brought against “patent holders“.
New allegations are rumored to connect Conte and Goodman in the orchestration of Conte’s “communication“. The plaintiff in the case has publicly stated he has advised agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the alleged Conte/Goodman scheme to influence the court in a corrupt manner (violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1503).
By appointing a magistrate judge to hear pre-trial and discovery motions the judge has created a professional distance between herself and Conte’s “communication“. Thorny Goodman/Conte issues will orbit the lawsuit, which has already had its share of allegations of prejudicial judicial conduct.
By relying on a magistrate judge’s Report and Recommendation, the presiding judge seems to have mitigated the appearance of bias based on Conte’s “communication“.
The Second Amended Complaint (2AC) claims that Jason Goodman exploited widows of New York fire fighters that died that tragic day for personal gain.
18 U.S. Code § 1503. Influencing or injuring officer or juror generally
F.R.C.P. Rule 59. Matters Before a Magistrate Judge
(a) Nondispositive Matters. A district judge may refer to a magistrate judge for determination any matter that does not dispose of a charge or defense. The magistrate judge must promptly conduct the required proceedings and, when appropriate, enter on the record an oral or written order stating the determination. A party may serve and file objections to the order within 14 days after being served with a copy of a written order or after the oral order is stated on the record, or at some other time the court sets. The district judge must consider timely objections and modify or set aside any part of the order that is contrary to law or clearly erroneous. Failure to object in accordance with this rule waives a party’s right to review.
Jason Goodman of CrowdSource The Truth
To be continued….