Thursday, April 6, 2017
My first encounter with Judge Kosik was on my last day of high school. He spoke at the commencement. I remember he was funny and charming. Unfortunately, I can't come up with any quotes. Commencement addresses are vastly overrated. All everyone wants is to get their diplomas and get out of there. Nothing personal.
Kosik was a no nonsense, get it done judge. He had a sense of humor, but there was no fooling around. I vividly remember a proceeding for accused killer William Dean Christiansen back in the 80's. I was on the radio at the time. Christiansen was a suspected serial killer who went by a number of aliases. During that hearing before Judge Kosik, Christiansen insisted on calling himself something else. Kosik said, and this is a quote I can remember "You can call yourself Rose for all I care." It made for an entertaining radio report. It's too bad cameras and microphones are forbidden in Pennsylvania courtrooms. Christiansen was found guilty. He died in prison.
I was almost a little disappointed when Kosik was appointed to the federal bench. When you had a Kosik hearing, you know it would be done on time, quickly, and efficiently. Law students should study his work-- and learn. Other judges should adopt the Kosik style.
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