February 22, 2012
Mean-Spirited Justice Removed
The New York Commision on Judicial Conduct removed a village court justice for misconduct on the bench.
In one instance, the justice sentenced a defendant to 30 days for a noise violation notwithstanding the fact that the unrepresented defendant was under the influence of alcohol, was learning disabled and "incapable of understanding and asserting his rights."
He also imposed jail sentences on four defendants without following the required procedures. The Commission noted one "especially mean-spirited overreaction" in which he sent someone to jail for 15 days for talking quitly in the back of the courtroom.
The opinion is linked here. (Mike Frisch)
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