March 24, 2010
The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct has admonished a village court justice (who is an attorney) for delayiing the disposition of a large number of traffic matters for the convenience of police officers and the financial benefit of the town:
From 2003 to 2008, as an Ossining Village Court Justice, respondent maintained a policy of scheduling trials based solely on the availability of the individual issuing police officers for the expediency of the Ossining Police Department and for the financial benefit of the Village of Ossining. As a result, respondent failed to efficiently and promptly schedule and reschedule trials in more than 500 traffic matters, and these matters languished without resolution in his court for as long as five years and five months.
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