Salina Town Justice Andrew N. Piraino is appealing a recent Supreme Court decision in Onondaga County that allows the state Commission on Judicial Conduct to proceed with its complaint against him.
The Notice of Appeal to the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, was filed Friday in Syracuse by Justice Piraino’s attorney, Aaron M. Zimmerman.
Justice Piraino and Zimmerman are seeking to overturn the May 12 order of Onondaga County Supreme Court Justice John C. Cherundolo and the rest of his April 26 decision which also lifted the confidentiality of the case originally filed under the name “John Doe.”
The commission, in a May 2010 complaint, alleges Justice Piraino failed to follow the law by imposing incorrect fines in approximately 900 traffic cases before him. Justice Piraino maintains the inaccuracies are mere administrative failures that do not rise to the level of unethical judicial misconduct.
Justice Cherundolo ruled the commission has the authority, after a hearing, to determine whether or not misconduct has occurred.