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‘A Race to Judgement:’ A BookTrib Q&A with U.S. District Judge-turned Author, Frederic Block

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Federal Judge Frederic Block is known for presiding over some of the most famous cases in U.S. history like the Crown Heights Riots case, the trial of mafia kingpin Peter Gotti, and most recently the 5Pointz trial. With over 23 years on the bench in Brooklyn, Judge Block has seen it all. Outside of the courtroom, however, the Judge spends much of his time sitting on another bench: the piano bench! The Judge co-wrote music and lyrics for the off-Broadway musical Professionally Speaking. In addition to writing off-Broadway musicals and legal briefs, The Judge is also an author whose first book, Disrobed: An Inside Look at the Life and Work of a Federal Trial Judge, was a bestseller. At 83-years old, Judge Block is still working, still presiding and showing no signs…

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