Friday, December 4, 2009
The New York Commission on Judicial Conduct has admonished a judge of the New York City Civil Court for New York County based on allegations that the judge personally had solicited campaign contributions and that her campaign literature misrepresented that she had been endorsed by the New York Times and "displayed a pro-tenant bias." The commission and the judge stipulated to agreed facts and the sanction.
A dissent would find two of the charges defective and the agreed statement inadequate and would find that a third claim of misconduct "never should have been brought." The dissent states:
To condone the judge's acquiescence to this disposition degrades the Commission. Notwithstanding that the agreed sanction allows [the judge] to continue to wear her robes and allows her to avoid further expensive and onerous Commission proceedings, I believe that we should refuse to strike this pragmatic bargain when basic ethical principles of judicial conduct are at stake.
The exhibits may be found through this link to the commission's web page. (Mike Frisch)