A federal judge from Brooklyn died on Monday at 88 after serving 31 years on the United States Court for the Eastern District of New York. The former president’s appointee Johnson closed a detention facility at Guantánamo Bay that he called an “HIV prison camp” for Haitian refugees. As a result of his investigation, he determined that the City of New York had failed to provide adequate support to impoverished HIV/AIDS patients.
Judge Sterling Johnson Jr Cause of Death:
Sterling Johnson Jr served 31 years on the United States Court for the Eastern District of New York before passing away on Monday at 88. Sterling Johnson Jr.’s cause of death is unknown.
Who was Sterling Johnson Jr?
As a federal judge in Brooklyn, Sterling Johnson Jr. served as a former police detective. It was announced on Monday that he passed away at 88. Jennifer Johnson, his daughter, says that he passed away at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
In 1991, President George H.W. Bush appointed Judge Johnson to the Eastern District of New York, which includes Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Long Island. He spent 31 years in that position.
At Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Judge Johnson ordered the closure of a detention facility housing Haitian refugees who were prevented from entering the United States because of AIDS or the virus that causes it.
A fellow Brooklynite and one of my mentors, Judge Sterling Johnson Jr. dedicated his life to justice.
He was an inspiration to me, and his legacy will serve as an inspiration to future generations looking to enter the legal profession.
May he rest in peace.
— Tish James (@TishJames) October 12, 2022
Asylum applications have been accepted for its 150 detainees since late 1991 when they were among thousands of Haitian “boat people” intercepted at sea and found eligible for American asylum. For up to 19 months, those with AIDS or its viruses were detained at Guantánamo while those without AIDS were admitted to the country.
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