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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-25-06 11:29 AM
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1. Good night, nurse! I lived in NYS (NYC, actually) for 38 years and
Edited on Mon Sep-25-06 11:30 AM by mcscajun
never knew about this.

This paragraph was incredible (but then, the whole situation is):
Several justices have threatened to arrest litigants in small-claims cases, showing they do not understand the difference between civil and criminal cases. Others have told the judicial conduct commission that they disagreed with the constitutional guarantee that a defendant is entitled to a lawyer.


More shocking:
But one of the most common prejudices on view in the commissions files is far more basic, and it can be found as often in the big-city suburbs that have official-looking courthouses and lawyers on the bench.

In 20 years in office in Haverstraw, north of New York City in Rockland County, Justice Ralph T. Romano drew attention for his opinions on women, state files show. Arraigning a man in 1997 on charges that he had hit his wife in the face with a telephone, he laughed and asked, What was wrong with this? Arraigning a woman on charges that she had sexually abused a 12-year-old boy, the justice asked his courtroom, Where were girls like this when I was 12?

This is all quite horrifying, especially when you consider that these "justices" make up 66 percent (!) of all NYS judges, and clearly something must be done, but will it?
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