John Fontaine Keenan (born November 23, 1929) is a Senior United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

John F. Keenan
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Assumed office
December 31, 1996
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
In office
September 20, 1983 – December 31, 1996
Appointed byRonald Reagan
Preceded byLloyd Francis MacMahon
Succeeded byColleen McMahon
Personal details
Born
John Fontaine Keenan

(1929-11-23) November 23, 1929 (age 90)[1]
New York City, New York
EducationManhattan College (B.B.A.)
Fordham University School of Law (LL.B.)

Education and careerEdit

Born in Manhattan, New York City, New York, Keenan graduated from Regis High School in 1947. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Manhattan College in 1951. He received a Bachelor of Laws from Fordham University School of Law in 1954. He was in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. He was in private practice of law in New York City in 1956. He was an assistant district attorney of New York County from 1956 to 1976. He was an assistant district attorney in charge of Supreme Court Bureau of New York County from 1968 to 1969. He was an assistant district attorney in charge of homicide bureau in New York County from 1970 to 1973. He was the chief assistant district attorney of Queens County in 1973. He was an administrative assistant district attorney in charge of trials in New York County in 1974. He was the chief assistant district attorney of New York County from 1974 to 1976. He was a deputy state attorney general/special prosecutor of corruption in New York City from 1976 to 1979. He was the Chairman and President of New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation from 1979 to 1982. He was the criminal justice coordinator of New York City from 1982 to 1983. He was a member of the Republican Party.[2][3][4]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Keenan was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on September 13, 1983, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York vacated by Judge Lloyd Francis MacMahon. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 20, 1983, and received commission the same day. He assumed senior status on December 31, 1996. He served as a Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court from 1994 to 2001. He was a member of the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation from 1998 to 2006.[3][5][4]

Notable casesEdit

His rulings include authorizing the publication of Jeffrey Toobin's Opening Arguments, an account of the Iran–Contra affair, over the objections and threat of prosecution by Lawrence E. Walsh;[6] managing the delivery of medical relief funds to India following the Union Carbide Corporation gas plant disaster in Bhopal[7] and dismissing attempts to sue Union Carbide in U.S. courts rather than in India;[8] denying a gay Irish group the right to hold its own march on the same day as the city's St. Patrick's Day parade in 1995, determining that the city's claims that it would pose a safety hazard trumped the group's First Amendment claims.[9] He presided at the trial of Bess Myerson, New York City Cultural Affairs Commissioner, on corruption charges in 1988[10] and that of Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos on racketeering charges in 1990.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Confirmation Hearings on Federal Appointments: July 22, August 1, September 28, October 5, November 2, 7, 9, and 16, 1983. Washington, D.C.: United States Government Publishing Office. 1984. p. 30.
  2. ^ Werner, Leslie Maitland (April 23, 1984). "Getting the Judge Ready for the Bench". New York Times. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Lynn, Frank (July 21, 1983). "Nominee for U.S. Judge: John Fontaine Keenan". New York Times. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Keenan, John Fontaine - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  5. ^ "Keenan Approved for Bench". New York Times. September 21, 1983. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  6. ^ Wolff, Craig (February 1, 1991). "Judge Clears Publication of Book On Iran-Contra by Ex-Prosecutor". New York Times. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  7. ^ "Judge Seeks Bhopal Plan". New York Times. June 8, 1985. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  8. ^ Lewin, Tamar (May 13, 1986). "Judge Bars U.S. Suits on Bhopal". New York Times. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  9. ^ Lii, Jane H. (March 16, 1995). "Judge Says Gay Group Can't March". New York Times. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  10. ^ "Myerson Trial's Opening Statements to Start". New York Times. October 4, 1988. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  11. ^ Wolff, Craig (May 31, 1990). "Defense Lawyer Battles Judge at Marcos Trial". New York Times. Retrieved August 23, 2016.

SourcesEdit

Legal offices
Preceded by
Lloyd Francis MacMahon
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
1983–1996
Succeeded by
Colleen McMahon