Well I'm happy to see that at least one case out there of judicial misconduct was dealt with appropriately. This woman's employment was terminated and hopefully she won't be able to commit more mischief through employment in the legal field again.
What really worries me is that two judges up in Albany actually voted in her favor.
I mean the woman knew a police officer was waiting outside her courtroom with a warrant for Derek Sterling, a robbery suspect. Robbery, one of the most dangerous crimes there is, as any resistance or miscalculation can lead to serious injury or even death of the victim. Yet this Judge had the audacity to order another court officer to escort Sterling out of the courtroom using an elevator reserved for employees only. Thus aiding and abetting Sterling to avoid another officer of the court performing his duty.
Yet two judges doubt if she should have had her employment terminated????
I don't know. But New York is definitely overdue for a thorough house-cleaning of our court system.
This story is just ONE example of the reasons why.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Queens Judge Kicked off Bench
Albany N.Y. A state Supreme Court justice accused of helping a suspect evade arrest in 2004 was thrown out of ofice yesterday by the state's highest court. But two judges on the Court of Appeals said Justice Laura Blackburne's actions, while a mistake, did not merit removal from the bench. The State Commission on Judicial Conduct voted 8-2 last year to remove Blackburne from her post in Queens county after she told a court officer to escort robbery suspect Derek Sterling out a rear door to an elevator reserved for judges and out of sight of a detective waiting for him.