Hon. Donald Leo See Rating Details

Criminal Court
Kings (Brooklyn) County
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General Rating Criteria

* Temperament (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)

Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)

Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)

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What others have said about Hon. Donald Leo


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY10182
Rating:Not Rated
I have never appeared before Judge Leo, but just by chance,I noticed the clear error in the first 4 posts appearing in his reviews. Those posts relate to Judge Zweibel (Supreme, NY Co.), and were obviously somehow posted to Judge Leo's reviews by mistake. They are exact duplicates of the posts reviewing Judge Zweibel, and clearly reference matters that Judge Zweibel heard. (Judge Leo had nothing to do with occupy Wall Street, as he sits in Kings and was not even a judge at the time.)

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY10140
Do you really think a decent and fair minded person is going to be allowed to remain in the judges position? The government needs people like Donald Leo to ensure they win cases.


Comment #: NY10139
Rating:Not Rated
In my opinion your handling in the OCCUPY case involving Cecily McMillan borders on misconduct. And it is my sincere hope that the Appellate Division investigates you.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY10138
Obviously this judge should not be living in a civilized society, but what about the City of New York's decision to prosecute; doesn't it bear some responsibility here?

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY10137
This man should be removed from the bench. The Judge is supposed to be a "neutral detached magistrate." He is none of the three. He is super pro-prosecution, rubber stamping the DA's Office decisions; he makes personal comments about defendants and cases, rather than being detached from the proceeding; and, thus, he is no independent "magistrate" removed from the proceedings, listening carefully to both sides. Disgraceful.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY10075
Horrible judge Donald Leo