Judge in Howard Beach Murder Case, Thomas Demakos, Dies at 98

A judicial hearing officer for the 11th Judicial District of New York, Thomas Demakos represents Queens County Supreme Court, Criminal Term.

He is best known for his testimony in the Howard Beach Murder Case, in which Michael Griffith, a 23-year-old black man, was killed in a racially motivated attack in Howard Beach, Queens, New York City when he and two other black males were attacked by a gang of white teens outside a pizza parlor.

Howard Beach Murder Case Judge Thomas Demakos passes away

The news of Thomas Demakos has led an honorable tribute for him all over the internet as It was due to him that people were able to believe in judicial and criminal justice after he ruled that lawyers for three white defendants could not automatically exclude Black people from a jury in the Howard Beach Murder case which was a racially motivated attack.

Sadly, he died at the age of 98 on February 22, 2022, at his home in Queens. The news of his death has been confirmed by his nephew Michael Demakos. However, his cause of death was not revealed as we assume he died naturally of old age.

In the absence of any confirmation regarding his cause of death, we will update this section if we receive certain information from a respectable source about his death. If we receive a valid source of information about his death, we will update this section.

Thomas Demakos’s Age, Family, and Early Life

Thomas Demakos was born on November 28, 1923, in Manhattan. He was 98 years old at the time of his death. He is the son of a Greek immigrant Anastasisos Demakos who we believe is his father whereas we have no information regarding his mother.

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Similarly, we do not have any information regarding his family background and line of work as a result it is difficult for us to provide any information regarding his early life. However, he was raised in the Bronx. Thus, we can’t give you any detailed information about his life.

We will update anything relevant to him as we discover more about him and his life.

Thomas Demakos’s Career, What was his profession?

From 1980 to 1982, he worked as a criminal court judge, then as an interim supreme court justice from 1982 to 1985, before becoming a judge on the Queens County Supreme Court in 1986, where he remained until he reached the statutory retirement age of 76 in 1999.

Demakos worked as a certified public accountant for a few years after finishing his undergraduate degree before enrolling in law school and joining a company. He began working for the district attorney’s office in 1962 and remained there until 1979.

He is infamously known for his verdict on Howard beach Incident which was a racially motivated attack.

It was due to him that people were able to believe in judicial and criminal justice after he ruled that lawyers for three white defendants could not automatically exclude Black people from a jury.

Which school and college did he go to?

Demokos graduated from Long Island University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and completed his master’s degree in business administration at New York University. He earned his law degree from the New York State School of Law in 1957.

Thomas Demakos’s Net Worth, How much does he earn?

It is not known how much money he is worth as it is very difficult to find out about him as nothing about his income has been discussed in public.

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We will be updating about his net worth once we get to know about his income.

Thomas Demakos’s Wife, What about his relationship?

Due to the nature of his job, he never disclosed his family information in public due to the privacy and security of his family. We are unsure if he is married.

Is he available on any social media platforms?

We do not have precise information about his social media status. When we receive more detailed information surrounding his social media handles, we will update this section.

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