Stephanos Bibas

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Stephanos Bibas is a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, as appointed in 2017. He earned his B.A. in political theory from Columbia University, a B.A. and M.A. in jurisprudence from Oxford University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He is an expert in criminal law procedures such as charging, sentencing, and bargaining. He has also explored the role of remorse and contrition in criminal sentencing.

He is a recognized authority on criminal law, and is ranked the 15th most cited law professor by federal and state high courts. He has served as director for Penn Law’s Supreme Court clinic, a program granting law students an opportunity to assist with actual cases before the Supreme Court. The Court appointed him to argue as amicus curiae for Tapia v. United States, and praised him for the exceptional quality of his work.

While working as Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, he was successful in prosecuting the mastermind of the theft of Tiffany stained glass by the world’s leading expert. The perpetrator of the crime hired grave-robbers to steal the glass from graveyards and burial crypts. It was a major breakthrough case for his career.

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According to Wikipedia, Stephanos Bibas is an American lawyer and jurist who serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Before his appointment to the bench, Bibas was a professor of law and criminology and director of the Supreme Court clinic at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is a noted scholar of criminal procedure with expertise in criminal charging, plea bargaining, and sentencing. As a professor, Bibas examined how procedural rules written for jury trials have unintended consequences when cases involving jury trials are the exception, rather than the rule, with 95 percent of defendants pleading guilty. Bibas also studied the role of substantive goals such as remorse and apology in criminal procedure.

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