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Court of Appeals — Judicial Misconduct: Hon. Glen R. George v. State Commission on Judicial Conduct

New York State Court of Appeals

Judicial Misconduct

Impartiality

Hon. Glen R. George v. State Commission on Judicial Conduct
No. 249
Per Curiam

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