For 28 years, Glen George has served as Town Justice for Middletown, a small town in upstate New York. It is an elected position and doesn't require law degree -- George was a state trooper for two decades before taking the bench. He was set to retire from public service this month.
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But he will leave his seat a few weeks sooner than planned and ignominiously. This week the state's highest court affirmed a decision by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct to remove George from office for misconduct involving incidents where he appeared to show favor to his friends in court.
"We are mindful of the fact that petitioner has served his community for nearly three decades," the New York State Court of Appeal's six judge majority wrote in their opinion, filed Tuesday. "Nonetheless ... the two independent charges involve serious misconduct relating directly to petitioner's fulfillment of his judicial duties."More »