Edwin Michael Kosik

Edwin Michael Kosik (May 5, 1925 – June 13, 2019) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Edwin Michael Kosik
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
In office
July 15, 1996 – June 13, 2019
Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
In office
June 16, 1986 – July 15, 1996
Appointed byRonald Reagan
Preceded byMalcolm Muir
Succeeded byYvette Kane
Personal details
Born(1925-05-05)May 5, 1925
Dupont, Pennsylvania
DiedJune 13, 2019(2019-06-13) (aged 94)
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
EducationWilkes College (B.A.)
Dickinson School of Law (LL.B.)

Education and careerEdit

Kosik was born in Dupont, Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilkes College in 1949. He received a Bachelor of Laws from Dickinson School of Law in 1951. He was a Corporal in the United States Army from 1943 to 1946 and a Reserve Colonel in 1975. He was in private practice in Scranton, Pennsylvania, from 1951 to 1953, became an Assistant United States Attorney of the Middle District of Pennsylvania from 1953 to 1958, before returning to private practice from 1958 to 1969. He was a Chairman of the Pennsylvania State Workmen's Compensation Board from 1964 to 1969 and became a judge of the Court of Common Pleas for the 45th Judicial District of Pennsylvania from 1969 to 1979. He became the president judge of the Court of Common Pleas of the 45th Judicial District of Pennsylvania from 1979 to 1986.[1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Kosik was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on May 14, 1986, to a seat vacated by Judge Malcolm A. Muir on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 13, 1986, and received his commission on June 16, 1986. He assumed senior status on July 15, 1996.[1] He was best known for imposing lengthy prison sentences on two fellow judges in a corruption case known as the "Kids for Cash scandal". Kosik moved to inactive senior status in February 2017 due to health issues at age 91, meaning that he would no longer hear cases or participate in the business of the court.[2] A month later, he was the subject of a widely publicized missing-person search. He was found alive in a wooded area after two days.[3] He died on June 13, 2019, aged 94.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Edwin Michael Kosik at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  2. ^ Morgan-Besecker, Terrie (February 14, 2017). "Federal judge Edwin Kosik will no longer hear cases because of health issues". The Scranton Times-Tribune. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  3. ^ Rubinkam, Michael (March 30, 2017). "Missing Pennsylvania judge, 91, found alive in wooded area". Daily Herald (Arlington Heights). Associated Press. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "Former Federal Judge Who Presided Over 'Kids for Cash' Case Dies". WNEP.com. 2019-06-13. Retrieved 2019-06-14.

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Legal offices
Preceded by Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
1986–1996
Succeeded by