Tuesday, April 6, 2010
According to a news release issued today, the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct censured a non-lawyer town court justice who had retired from service as a state trooper as a result of injuries sustained in a high-speed chase of an now-incarcerated individual. The judge has a personal injury lawsuit against the inmate. The judge wrote the prison officials at Sing Sing Correctional Facility asking the officials to confiscate materials relating to the suit.
The judge had made repeated reference to his judicial office, which the commission concluded "can only be seen as an effort to influence the disposition of his personal requests" and showed "extremely poor judgment and insensitivity to his ethical obligations..." (Mike Frisch)