Wednesday, June 15, 2011

False Statement By Justice Draws Suspension

The New York Appellate Division for the Third Judicial Department has suspended an attorney for six months and until further court order for the following misconduct:

The Referee found that respondent admitted under oath that, while he was serving as a Supreme Court Justice, he filed an affidavit in Hamburg Town Court containing false and intentionally misleading statements in an effort to obtain a dismissal of criminal charges pending against a friend and that, prior to his resignation, he sought private employment as an arbitrator or mediator in two matters that had been pending before him. The Referee also determined, and the Grievance Committee has conceded, that respondent did not fail to cooperate with the investigation of the Grievance Committee.

The case is Matter of Makowski, decided June 10, 2011. has this report. The false statement was made on behalf of an attorney, who was later disbarred.(Mike Frisch)

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