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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Ex-Parte communication: Opinion 17-53

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Ex-Parte communication Social media – First-degree relative Opinion 17-53 Background: A full-time judge recently presided over two related juvenile delinquency cases involving two respondents and sentenced them to two years’ probation. Thereafter, ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Board of directors: Opinion 17-39

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Board of directors Non-profit, Non-partisan research organization Opinion 17-39 Background: A full-time judge asked if he may serve on the board of directors for the Council of State Governments Justice Center. It ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Case on appeal: Opinion 17-61

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Case on appeal Correcting transcription error Opinion 17-61 Background: A criminal defendant appealed his conviction based, in part, on the trial judge’s purported misstatement of the applicable legal standard during voir dire ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Public remarks: Opinion 17-54

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Public remarks Criticizing public officials Opinion 17-54 Background: A full-time trial judge asks if he may, at a court-sponsored Law Day event, address comments made by public officials, particularly the sitting president ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Arraignments: Opinion 17-104

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Arraignments Off-hours – Constitutional mandate Opinion 17-104 Background: The inquiring judge asks if it is ethically permissible for him to hold off-hours arraignments in a publicly accessible area of a county jail ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Co-judge’s law partner: Opinion 17-86

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Co-judge’s law partner – Assisting pro se litigant’s filing submission Opinion 17-86 Background: The inquiring full-time judge presides in a city court, along with a part-time co-judge who maintains a private law ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Judge as estate administrator: Opinion 17-82

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Judge as estate administrator First-degree relative – Real property closing Opinion 17-82 Background: A full-time judge’s parent died intestate, leaving the judge and his siblings as the sole beneficiaries of a simple ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Town justice: Opinion 17-81

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Town justice Lecture on civil enforcement – Sheriff’s association Opinion 17-81 Background: The inquiring judge asked whether it is ethically permissible as a town justice to give, in his capacity as an ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Running for political office: Opinion 17-79

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Running for political office First-degree relative – Family photograph Opinion 17-79 Background: An appellate judge, whose first-degree relative is running for election to public office, asks if he may be included in ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Third-degree relative: Opinion 17-77

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Third-degree relative Parole board – Housing resource – Parole board’s procedures Opinion 17-77 Background: The inquiring judge’s third-degree relative is currently incarcerated upon conviction of a felony. The relative is preparing a ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Solicitation of funds: Opinion 17-59

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Solicitation of funds Fund-raising event – Erroneous invitation letter Opinion 17-59 Background: The inquiring judge’s college alma mater asked him to serve as an honorary co-chair of a fund-raising event. The judge ...

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