By Nate Raymond
NEW YORK, Jan 2 (Reuters) - The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals is moving back to the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse
on Monday following six-year renovation.
The historic courthouse closed in November 2006. Since then,
the appeals court has heard arguments in the neighboring Daniel
Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse.
Opened in 1936, the 718,180-square-foot courthouse was
designed by the same architect, Cass Gilbert, behind the U.S.
Supreme Court Building that was opened in 1935.
Until the renovation, the court was home to the 2nd Circuit
and also was the venue for some high-profile federal trials. The
building was the site of the espionage trial of Ethel and Julius
Rosenberg in 1951 and Martha Stewart's obstruction of justice
trial in 2004.
Oral arguments before the 2nd Circuit set for Monday will
give the public its first chance to see the courtrooms restored
to their original appearance, Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs said in
"We expect that the work done will serve for many decades,"
The renovation addressed various electrical and mechanical
problems. All but two judges on the 2nd Circuit will now have
chambers in the Thurgood Marshall building.
Nine district judges and two magistrates are also expected
to move to the renovated courthouse by March.
Judges had a choice of whether to move based on seniority.
Most of those moving to the newly renovated building are recent
Making the move are U.S. District Judges Ronnie Abrams,
Andrew Carter, Paul Engelmayer, Jesse Furman, Paul Gardephe,
Alison Nathan, James Oetken, Lorna Schofield and Richard
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