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Judge H. Lee Sarokin served on the United States District Court (New Jersey), appointed by President Carter, and the United States Court of Appeals (3rd Cir.) appointed by President Clinton. He retired in 1996 after 17 years on the federal bench and now resides in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
In 1985, Sarokin famously overturned the 1967 triple murder conviction of former middleweight boxer Rubin Carter resulting in Carter's release. Sarokin ruled that Carter had not received a fair trial as the prosecution had been based on 'racism rather than reason' and 'concealment rather than disclosure'.
Judge Sarokin has taken an interest in the IRP6 wrongful convictions case and posted a five-part series in the Huffington Post, in which he is an ongoing contributor:
"The Case of the Missing Transcript,” “The Missing Transcript Case Becomes More Curious – Part II”, “The Case of the Missing Transcript Solved – Part III”, "The Case of the Missing Transcript Becomes Stranger Yet - Part IV", and "The Case of the Missing Transcript Faces Another Defeat - Part V."
Judge Sarokin says, Court of Appeal had enough evidence to conclude that IRP6's rights were indeed violated and the court should either reverse or remand for a new trial or dismiss.
Judge H. Lee Sarokin volunteered 2.5 years of his time and service to thoroughly investigate the wrongful convictions of the IRP6. After his findings of 'No Criminal Intent' was demonstrated by the IRP6, he hasn't stopped advocating for their freedom and release from federal prison.
In honor of his ongoing efforts, the H. Lee Sarokin Gavel of Honor Award was created by a non-profit advocacy organization, called A Just Cause. This award recognizes individuals, who possess the qualities of the good Samaritan, crying out against injustice and abuse wherever found, and making extraordinary personal sacrifices to advance the cause of justice for their fellow man and humanity, as a whole.
Appropriately, the first H. Lee Sarokin Gavel of Honor Award recipient was its namesake, the Honorable H. Lee Sarokin, federal judge, good Samaritan, and fierce protector of every human's constitutional rights. He is a true Hero!
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A Just Cause Recognizes... Meet First Recipient of the H. Lee Sarokin Gavel Award!!
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The Case of the Missing Transcript
by Judge H. Lee Sarokin - The Huffington Post
"If ever the saying "Justice delayed is justice denied" has applicability, it is in this strange case. Defendants who may be innocent and whose constitutional rights were likely violated sit in prison; their families sit at home awaiting the court's judgment; an entire community sits and awaits their return. And Justice sits and awaits a ruling.”
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