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Court of Appeals — Judicial Misconduct: Hon. Hedges v. State Commission on Judicial Conduct

New York State Court of Appeals

Judicial Misconduct

Moral Turpitude Involving a Child — Admissions as Sole Basis

Hon. Hedges v. State Commission on Judicial Conduct
No. 64
Per Curiam

Background: The petitioner, a former family court judge, sought review of a determination which sustained one charge of misconduct and removing him from office.  The petitioner had resigned his position after it was alleged he engaged in sexual misconduct with a five-year-old girl. The petitioner had admitted to it. The commission ordered the petitioner’s removal on the admissions alone without consideration of the complainant’s testimony.

Ruling: The Court of Appeals held that the petitioner had engaged in misconduct warranting removal from office by committing an act of moral turpitude involving a child. The court agreed with the commission that the petitioner’s admissions, by themselves, were sufficient to warrant a finding of misconduct.

Robert F. Julian for the petitioner; Robert H. Tembeckjian for the respondent