Friday, December 17, 2010
The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct has terminated proceedings in light of the resignation of a non-attorney town court justice. According to the commission's press release, the justice had (among other things) commended a litigant for making a derogatory and insulting remark about Jewish people.
The justice entered into a stipulation regarding the allegations. He has also agreed not to seek future judicial office.
The remark is recounted in the charges, which are appended to the stipulation. The case involved an action for damages for the death of a dog. The justice asked the value of the dog, to which the plaintiff responded: "Three, three and a half. They wanted three and a half and I jewed 'em down to three." The justice responded: "Good boy." (Mike Frisch)