Saturday, October 6, 2012

Judge found guilty of judging a defendant and imposing sentence without trial

Just when you think you have seen (or heard) it all... Here is a report on something I had not heard before, other than at the movies.  Remember that movie The Star Chamber in which Michael Douglas plays a judge who gets together with other judges to decide cases on their own and then impose their own kind of vigilante justice?

Well, here is a report of a case in which the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct accepted a 122 page stipulation that resulted in the resignation of a judge.  Among other things, it was determined that the judge found a defendant guilty without a plea or trial and imposed sentence without giving the defendant an opportunity to contest charges.  I have to say, I don't think I had heard of a judge doing that before. 

Thanks to the Legal Profession blog for the report.

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