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Thomas Stark obit.

Post by sherbetbizarre » Thu May 01, 2014 3:19 am

Thomas Stark, influential Suffolk judge, dies

Thomas Stark, the influential Suffolk judge who presided over cases as diverse as the "Amityville Horror" murders and a major property tax challenge by the former Long Island Lighting Co., died Sunday of complications from cancer surgery. He was 89.

"Judge Stark was really a legal giant out here in Suffolk County," said defense attorney Paul Gianelli of Hauppauge. "He was respected for being a legal scholar. He was very fair, and very educated on the law."

Lawyers who practiced before him remembered a stern authority figure who held them to high standards.

"For many years I was assigned to prosecute homicide cases in Justice Stark's court," said Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota. "He was a tough, fair-minded judge who was unquestionably one of the finest trial jurists that ever took the bench in Suffolk County. He ran a tight ship, and I know I evolved as a homicide prosecutor because of his exacting standards."

Steven Wilutis, a Miller Place defense attorney who once headed the major offense bureau for the district attorney's office, said young prosecutors were sent to Stark's courtroom to see how lawyers should behave.

"You had to know your stuff," Wilutis said, noting that Stark often required lawyers to cite the legal basis for their objections. "He demanded respect from the lawyers, litigants, everyone."

Stark served in Suffolk County Court, State Supreme Court and the Appellate Division until he retired in 1998.

Stark, a Navy veteran who served during World War II, graduated from Harvard Law School. He helped draft the standard instructions on the law that judges throughout the state read to juries at the end of every trial.

One of his daughters, Ellen Gay-nor Stark of New York City, said her father also loved Long Island history and wrote a history of Riverhead, the town he lived in his entire life.

Stark also was a cornet player and hosted a regular music revue for the town's Lion's Club, she said.

His best-known case was the murder trial of Ronald DeFeo, who shot six family members to death in their Amityville home. Later owners of the house claimed it was haunted -- the basis of the "Amityville Horror" book and movie.

Ellen Stark said her father avidly followed the story through the years, but said he "didn't believe in the haunting."

Stark ruled in 1996 that Suffolk County, Brookhaven Town and the Shoreham-Wading River School District had overcharged LILCO more than $1 billion in property taxes. The Long Island Power Authority inherited the judgment when it took over LILCO's assets and later dropped the case.

In addition to Ellen Stark, he is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jane Crabtree Stark; another daughter, Elizabeth Stark Dugan of Chevy Chase, Md.; a brother, William Stark of Hampton Bays; and two grandchildren.

A wake will be held Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at Reginald Tuthill Funeral Home in Riverhead. A funeral Mass will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Riverhead.Contributions may be made to the Suffolk County Historical Society or to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in Manhattan.
http://www.newsday.com/long-island/obit ... -1.7877807

RIP, Judge Stark. He will probably be best remembered for telling Ryan Katzenbach he "didn't understand" the DeFeo case. To his face.

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Post by Mary23 » Thu May 01, 2014 9:21 am

And of course that Ryan didnt lose the chance to publish something about this in his page. "His honor" he said.... What a pathetic guy.

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Post by AMRA » Thu May 01, 2014 5:34 pm

In addition to Ellen Stark, he is survived by his wife of 59 years...
Wow - how many people manage that?

RIP indeed.
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Post by KevinW » Thu May 01, 2014 10:12 pm

AMRA wrote:
In addition to Ellen Stark, he is survived by his wife of 59 years...
Wow - how many people manage that?

RIP indeed.
Actually, when my grandpa passed away in May 2000, he and Grandma were just 3 months shy of their 60th anniversary.

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Post by scipio-USMC » Fri May 02, 2014 10:26 am

Mary23 wrote:And of course that Ryan didnt lose the chance to publish something about this in his page. "His honor" he said.... What a pathetic guy.
Ryan is forever a projecting hypocrite. He is a pathetic loser who makes sure he associates with others like Gerladine even morepathetic than him so he can feel big.

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Post by AMRA » Fri May 02, 2014 5:28 pm

KevinW wrote:Actually, when my grandpa passed away in May 2000, he and Grandma were just 3 months shy of their 60th anniversary
That's nice to hear! What a shame they didn't quite make their 60th :)
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Post by Mary23 » Fri May 02, 2014 8:10 pm

scipio-USMC wrote:
Mary23 wrote:And of course that Ryan didnt lose the chance to publish something about this in his page. "His honor" he said.... What a pathetic guy.
Ryan is forever a projecting hypocrite. He is a pathetic loser who makes sure he associates with others like Gerladine even morepathetic than him so he can feel big.
Of course, you couldn't say it better...it was so hypocrite that I almost throw up

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Post by sherbetbizarre » Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:36 pm

Riverhead native, Judge Thomas Stark, honored by Suffolk County courts

The life of Riverhead native son, World War II veteran and noted jurist Thomas Stark was celebrated yesterday in a ceremony at the State Supreme Court, where family, friends and colleagues gathered for an unveiling of his official portrait.

Stark was born in Riverhead a half-mile from the county courthouse in 1925. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy during the Second World War and went on to earn a law degree from Harvard in 1949. He served as Riverhead town attorney and justice of the peace, then spent six years as a county court judge before his election as State Supreme Court justice in 1969. He sat on the state bench for 29 years until he retired in 1998.

His achievements on the bench were many, including his work drafting uniform jury instructions for the state, which remain in effect to this day. He was supervising judge of the superior criminal courts of Suffolk County from 1978 to 1992 and an associate justice of the Appellate Term, Ninth And Tenth Judicial Districts from 1985 until 1998. He was named judge of the year by the Suffolk County Criminal Bar Association in 1984.

Stark presided over one of Suffolk County’s most notorious homicide trials, that of the infamous “Amityville Horror” killer Ronald DeFao Jr., convicted of murdering his parents and four siblings in 1974.

“Dad would regale us with stories of his trials over dinner, often much to my mother’s great dismay,” his daughter, Beth Stark Dugan said yesterday during remarks prior to the portrait unveiling. “We heard all the gory details and we didn’t think until many years later that this was strange.

Stark presided over more than 235 trials over the course of his career. The DeFao, while the most infamous, was only one of several murder trials he handled. When he passed away in 2014 at age 89, Stark was finishing up a book he called “Horrendous Homicides.” His daughter Ellen Stark is currently editing it and expects it will be published later this year.
https://riverheadlocal.com/2018/06/23/r ... ty-courts/

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Post by Brendan72 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:57 am

The book he was working on, and which his daughter is editing, should be interesting.
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