Tuesday, February 7, 2023

In Words And Tone Of Voice

The New York Commission on Judicial Conduct has accepted the resignation of a County Court Judge who was discourteous to unrepresented persons seeking protection orders and other relief.

From the stipulation

Respondent was disrespectful, disparaging, sarcastic and otherwise discourteous toward them, in both words and tone of voice...

The events in question occurred in October 2019, May 2019, July 2018, and June 2018. The charges contained quotations from audio recordings and transcriptions in which, among other things:

Respondent asked a petitioner, "What kind of a kook are you?": belittled her concern about missing school in order to be in court; said "everything that you told me was bullshit"; and told the petitioner to "get your ass out of bed and get here at 9:00 in the morning" or her petition would be dismissed and she could  "ask the director [of your school] to protect you."

Respondent said to another petitioner: "So listen, why should I give you an order of protection ... if you keep going back yo this guy? ... You went looking for him. You got into the car, okay, and you obviously want to be with him because you keep going back to him."

Respondent said to a third petitioner; "So, three weeks before you found out that he had another honey 0n the side, were you afraid of him? ... Oh, you were'! Well, then why were you with him for then.

The five recipients of these comments were four women and one man. (Mike Frisch)


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