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Only in Print: Xaverian HS Students Get ‘Court-Side’ View

New York Supreme Court Judge Vincent Del Giudice, center, spent an afternoon mentoring students from his alma mater, Xaverian H.S., Bay Ridge. (Photo: Allyson Escobar)

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — Wearing judicial robes and holding a small print copy of the U.S. Constitution and standing behind his desk in his chambers, New York State Supreme Court Judge Vincent Del Giudice told the story of the two thieves to students from Bay Ridge’s Xaverian H.S.

“Does anybody know the first person into heaven?” Del Giudice asked the students. “It was St. Dismas, also known as the penitent thief — one of the two thieves who died on the cross next to Jesus. It’s a lesson that everyone, even thieves, has a chance of recovery.”

A judge on the New York Court of Claims since 2002, Del Giudice is an acting justice of the Kings County Supreme Court in Downtown Brooklyn. He was appointed to the bench by then-Gov. George Pataki…

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