Blink and you’ll miss it

There are hearings in federal court that go on for hours and hours. Yes, I’m looking at you, Bernie-Kerik’s-nearly-four-hour-bail-revocation hearing.

And then there are those hearings whose length is best measured in seconds. Such is the case with today’s 240-second ¬†appearance by Pelham Middle School teacher Gregg Cavaluzzi, nabbed by Westchester County police on May 31 in an Internet sex sting after he allegedly showed up in Elmsford to meet what he thought was a 15-year-old girl he had been chatting to first on the Internet and then on the phone. She turned out to be an undercover detective. Cavaluzzi, who had tendered his resignation from the school district prior to his arrest, was fired after he was charged.

Cavaluzzi’s lawyer, Clinton Calhoun and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Martin are in plea discussions in the case and asked today for another 30 days to continue those talks. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas put the case down for a Nov. 30 hearing.

Then Cavaluzzi was led out by deputy U.S. marshals and back to the Westchester County Jail.

Tim O'Connor

Timothy O'Connor has covered the federal justice system for The Journal News since 2002. He previously worked at newspapers in Orange County, New York, and New Jersey. Born and raised in the Bronx, he has a bachelor's degree in English and a master's in journalism.