Monday, August 3, 2009
A New York Family Court judge has been admonished for two instances of misconduct. One involved his attempts to force a victim of domestic violence to reveal her shelter address on threat of contempt. The judge became increasingly nasty and aggressive as the lawyer and her supervisor resisted the order. He then held the lawyer in contempt and imposed a $1,000 fine.
The second matter involved an ex parte visit to a hospital to meet with the non-party subject of a custody dispute without notice to the litigants or their counsel. (Mike Frisch)