By: Daily Record Staff//September 22, 2023
By: Daily Record Staff//September 22, 2023//
New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics
Accusations against co-judge
Background: The inquiring part-time town justice received an email from a co-judge’s election opponent, which included several screenshots of campaign-related social media posts and a campaign flyer. The election opponent accuses the co-judge of malicious personal attacks in libelous social media posts, as well as an unauthorized courtroom photograph in campaign literature. The election opponent requested that the inquiring town justice speak to the co-judge.
Opinion: The Committee concluded that a town justice who receives correspondence from their co-judge’s election opponent with accusations against the co-judge, but has no first-hand knowledge of any misconduct, is not obligated to take any action.