Thursday, October 23, 2008
The proposed removal of a town court justice was adopted today by the New York Court of Appeals. The misconduct involved presiding over or intervening in matters involving relatives and otherwise presiding over matters where his interests required recusal. The court found the violations intentional and was unmoved by the justice's suggestion that he believed he could be '"very, very fair'" in the matters.
In an unrelated matter, the court ruled against Bianca Jagger in a case involving ejection from rent-stabilized housing. The court held that a foreign national on a tourist visa cannot claim primary residence in New York for rent regulation purposes. (Mike Frisch)