Jed Rakoff

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Jed Saul Rakoff (1943-) is a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He was nominated by Bill Clinton and went onto the bench on January 4, 1996. Previously, he had been in private law practice for 15 years, then in the office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, as Assistant United States Attorney from 1973 to 1980, and then Chief, Business and Securities Fraud Prosecutions, 1978-1980. Prior to that, he was in private practice for two years.



On July 7 2003 Rakoff approved a Securities and Exchange Commission judgement against telecoummunication firm Worldcom.[1]


Rakoff sentenced Anuradha D. Saad, former CEO of Impath, for fraud.[2]

Associated Press v. DoD

The Associated Press filed a request to force the U.S. Department of Defense to reveal the identities of the Guantanamo Bay detainees.[3]


His undergraduate education was from Swarthmore College (1966); he received a M.Phil from Balliol College of Oxford University (1966); his law degree was from Harvard in 1969, followed by clerking for Judge Abraham Freedman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit 1969-1970.