Dawing on historical references to racism in America, an Erie County Court judge, Susan Eagan, on Wednesday reproached the white supremacist who murdered 10 Black people and wounded three others in a Buffalo supermarket last May.
Judge Susan Eagan imposed the mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, saying, “Our characters are being tested, the future of our nation is at stake.”
“There is no place for you or your ignorant, hateful and evil ideologies in a civilized society. There can be no mercy for you, no understanding, no second chances. The damage you have caused is too great and the people you have hurt are too valuable to this community,” Eagan told Gendron. “You will never see the light of day as a free man ever again.”
The judge’s final statements and decision in the case of Payton Gendron have gained widespread attention on social media, with many people praising her for her admirable conduct.
As a result, there has been a surge of interest in learning more about this esteemed judge.
Who is Judge Susan Eagan?
Susan Eagan is a judge for the Erie County Court in the Eighth Judicial District of New York.
She was elected to the County Court bench in 2017.
Previously, Judge Eagan served as a judge for the Buffalo City Court in Erie County.
She came to the City Court bench after her appointment to the seat by Buffalo City Mayor Byron Brown in 2011.
She was subsequently elected to the City Court bench the following year.
Judge Susan Eagan educational background
According to Judge Eagan LinkedIn profile, she received her B.S. in political science and government from Canisius College in 1993.
She went on to earn her J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School in 1996.
Eagan began her legal career as an appellate court attorney with the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, Fourth Department in 1996.
Two years later, she left to join the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, where she would serve as an assistant district attorney until 2003.
She then rejoined the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, Fourth Department, this time working as associate counsel for the Attorney Grievance Committee, where she was tasked with examining alleged unethical behavior of attorneys.
She remained in that capacity until her appointment to the City Court.
Judge Eagan is the co-founder, past president, and member of the board of directors of Lawyers for Learning, Inc.
She has also been a member of the Erie County Bar Association.