Judge from Greenwich who presided over World Trade Center bombing case dies from coronavirus
GREENWICH — The town has suffered its first death due to coronavirus.
Retired U.S. District Judge Kevin Duffy, who served in New York’s Southern District, died Wednesday after contracting the virus, according family members.
Duffy, 87, had been at the Nathaniel Witherell, in the short-term rehabilitation section, before he tested positive and was then moved to Greenwich Hospital.
The hospital could not immediately comment about his cause of death.
Duffy had been a Greenwich resident for the past several years and had continued to practice law in Greenwich at the firm of Duffy and Staab LLC alongside his son Kevin Duffy Jr., one of the firm’s managing members. Kevin Duffy Jr. confirmed his father’s death on Wednesday afternoon and said he had been at the Witherell recovering from a short-term illness.1
Judge Duffy retired from the federal bench in 2016 after 44 years as a district judge in the Southern District of New York. He presided over the trial in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center as well as the trial of members of the Black Liberation Army who took part in a murder and armed robbery of a Brinks truck in Nanuet, N.Y.
In his career on the bench, he oversaw a famous case involving $98 billion in gold from the Iranian government that was held by the New York Federal Reserve Bank during the hostage crisis. His son said he also presided over a half-dozen cases against members of the mafia.
Duffy’s death is among the first deaths in Greenwich connected to the coronavirus. The town recorded three deaths on Wednesday, according to First Selectman Fred Camillo.
Duffy is the uncle of Edward Krumeich II, a former member of the town’s Board of Estimate and Taxation and a current Superior Court judge in Connecticut.
“When I was interviewed to be a judge I was asked if I had a legal hero and I most definitely did in my Uncle Kevin,” Krumeich said, recalling how his uncle had to be placed under 24/7 guard during and after the World Trade Center bombing case and other terrorism cases that came through his courtroom.
When he was first sworn in by President Richard Nixon in 1972, Duffy was the youngest member of the federal judiciary.