U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra, 65, has been on the federal bench in West Palm Beach since 2002 when he was appointed by Gov. George W. Bush. Here’s a short biography:
- After his nomination by Bush to a newly-created seat, he was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 82-0.
- He served as a Palm Beach County circuit judge from 1996-2002.
- A native of Queens, N.Y., he graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1973 and from Stetson University College of Law in 1977.
- A devout Roman Catholic, he has eight adult children.
- He will preside in the upcoming health-care fraud trial of Palm Beach County ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen. Separately, Melgen faces corruption charges in New Jersey with his longtime pal U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey.
- Some of Marra’s other notable cases include: Joseph Zada, who was convicted of mail fraud for stealing at least $37 million from an estimated 45 victims, including former NHL hockey star Sergei Fedorov. He is also handling a case in which victims of sexual abuse by Palm Beach resident Jeffrey Epstein are accusing federal prosecutors of violating the Victims’ Rights Act by not telling them about the non-prosecution agreement they signed.