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Richard Joseph Sullivan (born 1964) is a judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Nominated by President George W. Bush on February 15, 2007 to fill the seat of the retired Judge Michael B. Mukasey, Sullivan was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 28, 2007, and received his commission on August 1, 2007.

Judge Sullivan is a graduate of Chaminade High School (1982), the College of William and Mary (B.A., 1986) and of Yale Law School (J.D., 1990). Judge Sullivan clerked for Circuit Judge David M. Ebel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Judge Sullivan attracted attention for his ruling on Aug. 11, 2009, in disagreement with recommendation by the prosecution, that Bernard Madoff's CFO Frank DiPascali be sent to the Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York City rather than be allowed to stay free on $2.5 million in bail. The prosecutors argued that DiPascali's inclination to continue to cooperate with prosecutors trying to understand the scope and workings of the Madoff fraud, in which DiPascali was a key now-self-admitted executive, could be impaired by the ruling. DiPascali was represented by Marc Mukasey, son of Michael Mukasey, whose seat Judge Sullivan filled on the federal bench.

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