Thursday, July 5, 2007

Justice Removed from Office

The New York Court of Appeals ordered the removal from office of a justice who had "engaged in improper ex parte communications with the defendants in several building code cases and then dismissed the cases in advance of the adjournment dates without providing the prosecutor notice or an opportunity to be heard." The justice also repeatedly testified falsely concerning the matter, using white-out to conceal the date for the court appearance written in her calender. The court was "not persuaded...that this was merely a routine alteration" rather than attempt to conceal deception. (Mike Frisch)

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