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mainegreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:26 AM
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Judge suspended for jailing court
Source: BBC News

A US judge has been removed from the bench for jailing an entire courtroom audience after none of them admitted being responsible for a ringing phone.

Judge Robert Restaino was presiding over a domestic violence case in the city of Niagara Falls in March 2005.

A commission on judicial conduct said Judge Restaino had acted "without any semblance of a lawful basis" and behaved like a "petty tyrant".

The judge has said he was under stress in his personal life at the time.

Read more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7116426.stm



I wonder how much money in lawyers fees and civil rights judgments this nut case has cost the federal government?
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NYC Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:32 AM
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1. Maybe if Bush's cell phone goes off during a presser,
THEN we can nail him! :think:
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TechBear_Seattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:34 AM
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2. That would be FAR more likely than him getting oral sex from an intern
And we already know that oral sex from an intern in an impeachable offense. :eyes:
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Bitwit1234 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 10:22 AM
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3. Well what he could have done was cleared the court room
and I am sure that would have been accepted.
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Sanity Claws Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 10:54 AM
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4. Not a federal judge
Federal judges don't hear D.V. cases. Also, they are not answerable to state commission's on judicial commission.
This must have been a local court in the NY state court system.
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