Manhattan U.S. District Court Judge Robert Sweet passed at age 96 in Ketchum, Idaho, a court announcements says. Judge Sweet was appointed by President Carter in 1978, confirmed that same year and continued to hear and rule on cases through the last few months. Sweet also presided over Many landmark cases, including the Harvey Weinstein case, among many others.
His son Robert Sweet Jr. confirmed his death. Judge Sweet, who lived in Manhattan, also had a home in Ketchum, where he was on vacation. At his death he was a senior federal judge in the Southern District of New York.
Judge Sweet attended Yale Law School. In 1973 he married Adele Hall Leopold, a daughter of Dorothy Schiff, at the time the publisher of The New York Post. Ms. Sweet was assistant publisher of The Post and later headed the Dorothy Schiff Foundation. Adele Sweet died in December at 93.
This is yet another coincidence in the legal battle over efforts to unseal court records detailing Epstein and friend’s heinous acts.
The sex trafficking lawsuit that the Judge ruled on involved one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, against former Epstein girlfriend and newspaper heir Ghislaine Maxwell. Judge Sweet had previously ordered a blanket sealing of all records related to the case; the two newest lawsuits seek to both unseal the records, and keep them sealed.
Alan Dershowitz, former lawyer for Epstein, is seeking the unsealing because he says the court files contain evidence that can prove him innocent of claims Giuffre and another woman made that they had sex with him. The Miami Herald seeks to unseal the information as part of their bombshell reporting series on this case; the initial crimes of Epstein occurred near Miami, FL at Epstein’s palatial home.
The case over the sealed documents is currently ongoing and is in the appeals process after being struck down by Sweet earlier this year.