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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Judicial Meltdown Renews Call for New Administrative Judge.....(MORE, CLICK HERE)

If the judicial meltdown that occurred in Westchester County the other day was seen- or heard- in any of the 5 boroughs, it would have been on the front page of every area newspaper. Thankfully, top Journal News reporter Jonathan Bandler went with the story on Tuesday, November 20, 2007. "You could hear the screaming and yelling throughout the courthouse," says one insider. Apparently, a huge dark cloud has been hovering over the 10-year-long tactics of the current 9th Judicial District Administrative Judge Francis A. Nicolai....MORE.....

We'll let our readers point to the various issues about the 9th Judicial District, which covers Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Putnam and Orange counties. Meanwhile, read The Journal News article:

Recanting witness to resume testimony today in deli shooting
By JONATHAN BANDLER
THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original Publication: November 20, 2007)

WHITE PLAINS - After a bizarre end to yesterday's session, testimony is expected to resume this morning from a witness who has recanted his testimony from the 1997 murder trial of off-duty NYPD officer Richard DiGuglielmo.

Lawyers, relatives of DiGuglielmo and victim Charles Campbell and others sat for nearly two hours waiting for Westchester County Judge Rory Bellantoni before court officers announced the session was adjourned for the day.

The judge did not believe it was appropriate for him to take the bench after his blood pressure soared during a lengthy phone conversation with Administrative Judge Francis Nicolai about an unrelated matter. The conversation began at the end of the lunch break after Bellantoni received a letter he considered disrespectful from a member of Nicolai's staff. He said the judge then berated him at length.

The two recently were among six candidates for state Supreme Court. Nicolai won one of three seats. Bellantoni did not.

After the argument, Nicolai refused to discuss the matter, saying only that it was a "frank and open conversation about courthouse matters."

Court staff heard the yelling on the phone but it could not be heard in the courtroom. The judge said afterward he could not settle down enough to resume the hearing.

DiGuglielmo was convicted of second-degree murder for the shooting of Charles Campbell on Oct. 3, 1996, in the parking lot of the Venice Deli on Ashford Avenue in Dobbs Ferry. Campbell had struck DiGuglielmo's father with a baseball bat after a confrontation over Campbell's parking in the lot while getting pizza across the street. The jury rejected DiGuglielmo's claim that he was defending his father.

Yesterday morning , Michael Dillon, a cable technician who happened by the scene that night, said his original account to detectives on the night of the shooting - that Campbell was still swinging his bat when he was shot - was accurate. He said detectives took him to headquarters three more times that week before he changed his statement to indicate Campbell was backing off and the shooting did not appear to be justified.

That was the testimony he gave at trial as well. The defense cross-examined Dillon about the change during the trial - but say now they would have done so more extensively if they had known about the intervening interviews.

42 comments:

toss the bum said...

wow. not very judicial. the rumors about nicolia are pretty scary. he's not judge but a thug with a black robe. replace him.

wp atty said...

Elsewhere on this blog, someone commented that Judge Nicolai wears a black dress, this is a very insightful observation in my opinion.

Just an opinion said...

He is more than that, unless someone is doing things on his behalf or if he is suffering from double personality disorder.

an attorney from rye said...

The damage that Judge Nicolai has done to faith in the law and courts, families and members of the legal profession is impossible to fully grasp. His departure is long overdue. I have been around many of his outbursts. He has lost touch with reality and is completely out of control.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't anyone get it, Nicolai couldn't care about anything except Frankie boy!

Anonymous said...

While a very strong argument could be made for Nicolai's arrest, for various betrayals of the public trust (I'm being kind), he should simply retire and go away.

I heard he's going to be replaced as Administrative Judge, and that's why he's so off the wall with anger.

Also, I heard some of the young lawyers that work for him are sick and tired of breaking the law because of some dumb thought that missed his ass and landed in his mouth, only to then be proclaimed for jolly old Nic(olai)as if he's some kind of king. (one female court lawyer recently went to higher ups at OCA to complain, and boy is she scared.)

lawyer said...

I heard that what Judge Rory Bellantoni endured from his boss Judge Nicolai was too much. He should file a complaint, I would.

West. Co. Attty said...

If I were Judge Kaye and read this story about Judge Nicolai, I would have him on the phone posthaste. I don't think that I'd be reading this type of thing in a newspaper, if there was any kind of supervision.

Anonymous said...

HEIL NICOLAI

Anonymous said...

Is Nicolai on drugs?

a taxpayer said...

Is this the kind of thing that we pay taxes for? This is a disgrace. Judge Nicolai should seek professional help immediately. Former Disgraced Judge Sol Wachler can guide him down the path.

Anonymous said...

Nicolai the NUT!

M. Lawson said...

Something really smells in Westchester County, and it's not turkey! There's another article in today's Journal News. Westchester case fixing really stinks. Nicolai is a diseased turkey who should be immediately replaced as Admin. Judge.

Max Lawson

from a court outside of nyc said...

Remove Kaye along with Nicolai...she has allowed so much embarr-assing conduct to take place as she looks the other way! Does she know her legacy is crap and corruption...what a way to be known forever, as a lawyer and CHIEF judge..get her the hell out of this fallen system!!!

Yonkers attorney said...

Everyone in the legal community is concered about the news reports regarding Judge Nicolai and Judge Bellantoni. One court worker related to me what had happened. No matter who was right and who was wrong, they should both shake hands and get over it for the sake of the Judiciary. I know from personal experience that Judge Nicolai can be overbearing. Also, cutout this stuff about Judge Nicolai or any Judge wearing black dresses, that's not right.

a citizen said...

I read the stories and think Judge Nicolai is a disgrace to the Judiciary. What respect does he deserve.....ABSOLUTELY NONE!

last dance said...

Nicolai better start fixing the mess he has created or get out soon. As some of his victims will come out with evidence of fraud sooner or later.

Anonymous said...

Nicolai is out of control

Anonymous said...

Judge Kaye et al. where are you? What are you doing? Pay attention here!

local lawyer said...

Frank Nicolai has been out of control for sometime. Check his medications

hiding from frank nicolai said...

Don't kid yourself, Nicolai has (so he barks to anyone who will listen) dirt on Lippman, Kaye, Pfau and Rory's dad. Frank has made it clear that he will NEVER GO DOWN ALONE. This guy's beyond dangerous. Trust me, I know.

Anonymous said...

the buzz is Nicolai has had a girl friend for a long time who currently hold public office

Anonymous said...

The BUZZ - it's an open secret that it's the DA. I think Frank is blind. Frank get our DA a collar and leash, she's a dog in all ways.

court worker said...

Frankie doesn't like people talking about her

nicolai enemy said...

Nicolai wants to fix court cases like his brother fixed the trotters racing and I know first hand, I was there and so was Judge Nicolai!

who let the dogs out said...

Nicolai likes to fix cases in every county his signature means something

an opinion of nyc outsiders said...

Maybe if this site printed stories of corruption,lawsuits and illegal behavior within courts outside of NYC and throughout the entire state of NY.... a FEDERAL MONITOR would appear to be a necessity , because it would not seem as just the corruption is in NYC, with a handful of the same JUDGES NAMES always appearing! This is just my opinion, because i know of big corruption elsewhere in NY , outside of the CITY ,and if no one else knows this on the internet, the push for federal accountability is viewed unecessary because it encompasses an isolated area with a few bad smells!

Anonymous said...

IT'S NOT JUST NYC, IT'S WESTCHESTER, ROCKLAND, PUTNAM, LONG ISLAND ET AL., IT'S ALL OVER THE STATE OF NEW YORK , UP STATE & DOWNSTATE, IT'S A PLAGUE OF CORRUPTION PERPETRATED BY LAWYERS/JUDGES WHO ARE TASKED WITH PROTECTING CITIZENS - THE REVOLUTION IS COMING.

looking for all court corruption said...

I agree with you entirely..just need facts and names of other court corruption to be revealed here and i guarantee you will see this site light up with other wild stories. some people believe this is just a site for nyc judicial issues and are too intimidated to mention their area for fear it would be out of place. just need to encourage them to break out their outrage!

Dirty Orange County said...

Please don't forget Orange County where Judges are having fun!!!

Racing fan said...

I've watched Frank and his brother giving hand signals to drivers as to who would win and who would lose. Yes, the races are fixed and there is no Santa Claus, but don't tell anyone! Knowing how they fix races I can see them fixing case in court the same way.

Anonymous said...

Nicolai and others are not where they are without serious mob connections

Anonymous said...

Isn't the mob dwarfed by the terrorists in this day and age...the mob must just be in nyc...because it has disappeared in our big old ancient mob area in upstate...they all moved to sarasota fla.! mobbed up judges are fiction of the sopranos...aren't they? oh god, please tell me that they aren't still around!

Anonymous said...

you may not see the mob (it has changed as all things change) but trust me they are still there in many ways

Anonymous said...

There are two of the families that are very strong in Westchester, just ask the Feds they know.

nicolai foe said...

GET THE MAD DOG NICOLAI OUT!

jail4judges said...

Franis Nicolai belongs in Jail. If we all get together we can send him there along with a few of his friends and fellow Judges.

Anonymous said...

Get Nicolai OFF THE BENCH ! He's embarassing the good judges.

Anonymous said...

Nicolai do you have heartburn from eating the turkey, TURKEY?

big brother said...

Frank we haven't abandon you ..... we're still out here watching and investigating ..... enjoy

court officer said...

THE BLACK HOLE OF JUSTICE - THE NY STATE COURTS - WESTCHESTER CO. SUPREME COURT

Anonymous said...

The courts under Nicolai are very dirty. Only federal intervention has a chance.

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