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Charles J. Siragusa (born 1947) is a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York in Rochester.



Siragusa received his bachelor's degree from Le Moyne College in 1969 and his Juris Doctor degree in 1976 from Albany Law School.

Legal career

Siragusa served as an Assistant District Attorney in Monroe County from 1977-1992 where he rose to the rank of First Assistant District Attorney.

During his time as First Assistant District Attorney, Siragusa successfully prosecuted Arthur Shawcross, also known as The Genesee River Killer. Shawcross had killed eleven victims starting in 1988 before his capture less than two years later in January 1990. Shawcross died November 10, 2008 while serving a life sentence.[1][2]

Judicial service

In 1993, Siragusa was elected as a New York State Supreme Court Justice in the Seventh Judicial District where he served for four years.

On July 15, 1997, President Bill Clinton nominated Siragusa to the Federal Court to a seat vacated by Michael A. Telesca.[3] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 30, 1997, and received his commission on November 5, 1997. He continues to hold that post today.[4]


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