Friday, June 18, 2021

Facebook Statements Lead To Resignation

A press release from the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct

Kenneth C. Knutsen, a Justice of the Schoharie Town Court and an Associate Justice of the Schoharie Village Court, Schoharie County, resigned while under investigation by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct for anti LGBTQ posts on Facebook and other misconduct.

The Commission apprised Judge Knutsen in April 2021 that it was investigating complaints alleging anti-LGBTQ bias and content on his personal Facebook page. His Facebook page also revealed numerous other posts containing: partisan political content; expressions of bias in favor of law enforcement and against criminal defendants; expressions of anti-Muslim bias; and prohibited public commentary on pending cases, including the murder trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. The Facebook posts no longer appear publicly visible.

The decision is linked here; the stipulation here. (Mike Frisch)

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_profession/2021/06/a-press-release-from-the-new-york-commission-on-judicial-conduct-kenneth-c-knutsen-a-justice-of-the-schoharie-town-court-a.html

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