Tuesday, February 16, 2010
The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct accepted an agreed statement and imposed an admonition of a justice of the Rensselaer Supreme Court for misconduct in his campaign for office. The sent approximately 7,000 letters to addresses provided to him by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association. The letters misrepresented that he would "still be responsible for all pistol permits" in the county and "improperly conveyed that he would favorably consider future applications for and amendments to pistol permits." The letter advised "fellow permit holder[s]" that "[m]y pistol permit is very important to me as I know yours is to you."
The commission found that the letters conveyed bias in favor of pistol permit holders and misrepresented that the judge was solely responsible for county permits. The justice had a 2004 admonition for commenting publicly about a pending case when he was seeking reelection. (Mike Frisch)