July 2, 2008
Resignation Moots Judicial Discipline
The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct has issued a decision in a matter involving the following charges of misconduct by a non-attorney town court justice:
Respondent was served by the Commission with a Formal Written Complaint dated March 5, 2008, which alleged inter alia that respondent failed to effectuate the right to counsel in a timely manner or altogether in three cases, with the result that three defendants each spent a week in jail; and failed to administer her court properly, with the result that bail monies in six cases were not deposited in a timely manner despite the Commission’s prior Censure for such conduct, fine receipts in 22 cases were not remitted to the State Comptroller, a criminal case was dismissed because of the respondent’s failure to take action, and sentencing dates in three cases were delayed for months because the respondent failed to order the pre-sentence investigation reports from the Probation Department.
The matter was closed in light of the justice's resignation from office. (Mike Frisch)
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