Monday, July 9, 2012
A district court judge has been censured by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct for his participation in "numerous for-profit poker games called 'Texas Hold Em' held in a facility owned and operated by the Fraternal Order of Eagles ("FOE") in Northport, New York."
The judge was aware that the police had investigated complaints of illegal gaming at the FOE.
The judge went to the FOE to celebrate his re-election on the day before. There was an ice cream cake celebration in his honor. The celebration was dampened a bit when four police officers (some of whom knew he was a judge) arrived with a search warrant for the premises.
When the host of the establishment was arrested, the judge made gratuitous references to his judicial office. (Mike Frisch)