Viceroy Alberto Torres vs. Judge Gerald Culkin

Does Judge Gerald Culkin sound irritated?  Read the sentencing minutes of Alberto Torres below.  Torres was a member of the notorious Viceroys from East Harlem and in this case he was arrested on December 11, 1956 with George Rivera, another Viceroy, for possession of a loaded .22 hand gun along with a cartridge stored in his wallet.

Judge Gerald Culkin served in the 1950s and 1960s.  One of his most well-known cases that he presided over was that of Salvador Agron who was sentenced to death (later his sentence was commuted).  In 1968 Culkin was was dubbed the “Watermelon Judge.” While a lawyer was trying to have himself assigned as counsel to a couple of defendants, Culkin, turning in his chair and not speaking to anyone in particular, said, “Those boys wouldn’t know a good lawyer from a good watermelon.”

Judge Gerald Culkin

Judge Gerald Culkin