New York State Court of Appeals
Hon. Glen R. George v. State Commission on Judicial Conduct
Background: The petitioner is a non-lawyer town justice. He commenced a proceeding to review a determination by the respondent that sustained two charges of misconduct and determining that he should be removed from office.
Ruling: The Court of Appeals sustained the finding of misconduct and concluded that removal is appropriate. The first incident of misconduct occurred when the petitioner failed to recuse himself from a case involving a longtime friend wherein the traffic ticket was dismissed without the presence of a district attorney. The second incident involved ex parte communications wherein he discouraged a litigant from bringing a small claims action in his court. The would-be defendant was a long time friend of the judge.
Thomas K. Petro for the petitioner; Robert H. Tembeckjian for the respondent