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Man wants 88-year-old judge removed from case

NEW YORK — A 60-year-old New York City man suing for age discrimination wants the judge removed from the case because he says he’s too old.

Martin Stoner wrote in a judicial complaint that 88-year-old federal Judge Robert Patterson could barely see unless he put his face almost on top of a document.

The Daily News says the suit was filed in March after Stoner, a violinist, was rejected from a young artists’ competition limited to musicians a third his age.

The judge threw out the case Oct. 7 after finding mistakes in Stoner’s court briefs.

Stoner says the judge is biased against him because he’s representing himself. He refiled the case and asked for a new judge.

Patterson declined to comment. He has degrees from Harvard and Columbia Law School.

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