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Hon. Steven Tiscione sworn in as new federal magistrate judge

April 21, 2016 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Hon. Steven L. Tiscione was sworn in as the newest magistrate judge for the Eastern District of New York by Hon. Reena Raggi during his investiture ceremony, with his wife Lisa Beneventano, and son Massimo Tiscione looking on. Eagle photos by Rob Abruzzese
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The Hon. Steven L. Tiscione was sworn in as the newest magistrate judge of the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) during an investiture ceremony at the federal courthouse in Downtown Brooklyn on Wednesday.

“Today we celebrate Steve’s joining of a very distinguished group of magistrate judges,” said EDNY Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon. “To be named to this position is a great honor. Some of us on the District Court bench may be here because of politics, or time or chance, but magistrate judges are picked in a completely merit-based process.”

Tiscione has spent the last 10 years working as an assistant U.S. attorney in the EDNY, where he held the position of chief of the International Narcotics and Money Laundering Section. Before that, he clerked for former EDNY Chief Judge Edward R. Korman and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Reena Raggi.

“It seems clear that Steve possesses the intellect, temperament and the ability to manage a number of complex cases and to deal with those over whom he exercises authority with a combination of both strength and kindness,” said Korman. “Steve is indeed a wonderful young man who will make a wonderful judge.”

Both Korman and Raggi attended the ceremony to speak on behalf of Tiscione. They were also joined by Robert L. Capers, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Capers’ speech started off in typical fashion as he discussed all the reasons why Tiscione is right for the job, but he also slipped in a few brags that someone from his own generation of the U.S. Attorney’s Office has made it to the bench.

“When Steve made it to the bench, we said, ‘Yes, one of us’ from the 2000s generation,” Capers said. “To our friend Steve, we say well done, we say we know that guy, the guy who worked day and night, who worked tirelessly for everybody, the guy who used to wear those purple and lavender monochromatic shirt-and-tie combinations and the black trench coat as standard issue is now wearing French cuff shirts and a black robe.”

Raggi never got to see Tiscione in his once trademark black leather trench coat, but she did have a nickname for him that she shared during the ceremony.

“There was no one better in the office to go to for a legally sound, creative and practical solution for a problem,” Raggi said. “He was the ‘case whisperer’ for the entire office. That’s your legacy and your label, Steve, for as long as they tell tales of narcotics chiefs of the Eastern District — you were the office’s case whisperer.”

Finally, Tiscione spoke and thanked his family, friends and colleagues who helped him get to the bench. He finished with a few words about those who spoke on his behalf that day.

“My experience with all three speakers differs quite a bit,” Tiscione said. “All three of them did instill in me the same deep and abiding love for the EDNY. Not only do I have the honor of being a magistrate judge, but I get to do it in the Brooklyn courthouse that has been my home away from home for the past 14 years.”


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