The special master in the fight over the documents seized at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate will have to step into the middle of a political maelstrom, but former clerks and others who know the New York federal judge tapped for the job say there's no one better suited to the task. Senior U.S. District Judge Raymond J. Dearie of the Eastern District of New York has both the right experience and the right temperament to accomplish the difficult task, according to those who have worked with him. "He will not be moved at all by the passions surrounding this case," said Government Investigations & Enforcement and White Collar Defense partner James Gatta, who spent more than a decade as a prosecutor in the judge's district, while speaking with Law360. "No matter how fraught or heated the atmosphere around this particular case is, it will have no bearing on Judge Dearie doing what Judge Dearie thinks is right."
In The Press September 16, 2022