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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Corrupt Judicial 'Ethics' Commission Up to Old Tricks

Commission admonishes Kingston judge
The Daily Freeman by Paul Kirby - June 19, 2009

KINGSTON, NY — City Court Judge James Gilpatric has been admonished by the state Commission on Judicial Conduct — the commission’s second action against the judge in four years. The commission found Gilpatric failed to render decisions in a timely manner in 47 cases, “notwithstanding having been cautioned by the commission (previously) ... about his delays and notwithstanding the intervention of his administrative judge and inquires by litigants.” “We view such delays as serious misconduct because of the adverse consequences on individual litigants who are deprived of the opportunity to have their claims resolved in a timely manner and on public confidence in the administration of justice,” the commission wrote in its decision. Gilpatric said on Thursday that he “respectfully’ disagreed with the commission’s opinion, noting that the cases in question were heard when he was a part-time judge, had no secretary or law clerk and was developing the Ulster County Domestic Violence Court. Gilpatric also had a private law practice at the time. “I was doing the best I could under the circumstances,” the judge said. Gilpatric’s attorney, James Long, said the state does not provide judges, particularly part-timers, with the proper tools or pay to provide swift justice. “I would say that the commission has opened a Pandora’s Box,” Long said, adding that the admonishment probably will be appealed. “We are seriously thinking about it,” Gilpatric said of brining the matter to the state Court of Appeals. In 2005, Gilpatric was censured by the judicial conduct commission for being under the influence of alcohol while on the bench 16 months earlier.

The commission, in its written decision at the time, said Gilpatric admitted to the panel that he had been drinking before he took the bench on Sept. 1, 2004, and was unable to carry out his duties. A censure is more serious than an admonishment, but neither action carries any punishment or fine. The least serious action the commission can take against a judge is the issuance of a cautionary letter; the most serious is removal from the bench. Robert H. Tembeckjian, administrator for the Commission on Judicial Conduct, said the vote to admonish Gilpatric was seven in favor, one seeking a cautionary letter sent and one wanting to dismiss the matter. Gilpatric, a Democrat, became a part-time city judge in 1994 and a full-time judge in April, 2007. In November 2007, he was elected to a 10-year term on the City Court bench, defeating Republican Michael J. Bruhn, 4,022-2,801. Gilpatric now wants to seek a state Supreme Court judgeship in New York’s Third Judicial District, which includes Ulster County. Kingston Mayor James Sottile said the commission’s decision to admonish Gilpatric was “unfortunate” and that he always has known Gilpatric to “be a hard-working judge.” “He’s not just down there twiddling his thumbs,” Sottile said. Gilpatric’s salary as City Court judge is $108,800 per year.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

it is not only the CJC, they have asked for help......
it is our own attorneys because they may want favors and maybe they will get to be a judge no matter how unethical they are.......

Anonymous said...

Another drunk, I guess been impair is a requierement for been a Judge in New York. That apart from having a mental illness and wearing black. Maybe they should be allow to wear red, I heard the Devil needs a vacation. I am pretty sure one of these corrupt New York Judges can fill the position without the need for any trainning.

Anonymous said...

CJC Follies. They really should make a movie about "The Commission". I wonder how many folks would wander into the movie house thinking the movie was about the Mafia? Those good folks might be at first disappointed, but after the movie is over they will think they got a bargain for their money.

Just another distraction by the CJC to make the folks think they really are doing something.

Finnan said...

Can we hope Mr. Tembeckjian and CJC treat this case in the same fashion? My letter follows:
June 20, 2009
Robert Tembeckjian
Commission on Judicial Conduct

Re: CJC action against City Court Judge James Gilpatric

Dear Mr. Tembeckjian;
I read the CJC admonished Judge James Gilpatric for failing to render decisions in a timely manner. The same is true of Supreme Court Judge David B. Krogman in action, Sharp, plaintiff v Terence Finnan, defendant, and Marsha Finnan and Asadourian, third party defendants. (Index No. 246-08). Judge Krogram after application to recuse because of his professional history with Ms. Sharp has failed to act in this action since September 2008.
Can I be assured that the same justice is applied equally by CJC? I’ve attached my recusal request for which no action followed. Judge Krogman failed to make a decision in a timely manner.
Sincerely yours,
Terence Finnan
attached: recusal request to Hon. Krogman
CC: exposecorruptcourts.com

Anonymous said...

Judge Gilpatric must have really pissed someone off big time. Who are his enemies? Who is out to get him? With all the really corrupt Judges out there this guy gets all the attention. Something is not right!

Anonymous said...

The CJC'S in office entertainment is playing footsy with each other..and this is a fact!
How can they read your submissions if they have to get it on a good part of the day....and I am not kidding about this.

Anonymous said...

I like the idea of the movie "The Commission", but what would it be catorgized under? Fiction, SciFi? Or maybe someone can get them to do a reality show.

Anonymous said...

it shall be called the
Jokers, Jesters and the Child Molesters!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I've got a list of Judges here in Manhattan that deserve to be removed from the bench. How come these bums don't make the hit parade? Have they got protection?

Anonymous said...

I wonder who are these corrupt judges and attorneys given happy endings to, in order to get such special treatment..

Anonymous said...

To the above comment at 11:53 a.m..the list is way toooo long!!!

Anonymous said...

I think you bloggers have finally become too hard on these judges and the CJC; way over the top. Did you ever stop to think that maybe their mothers log in occasionally and read what you all saying about sons and daughters? Huh ?

Anonymous said...

I'm hoping and wishing...and their lovers too!
The truth can be harsh and brutal...but it never surpasses that of what these groups have done and continue to do...speaking as a victim of the worst they have committed!

Anonymous said...

Why would mothers and children log into a site called exposed corrupt courts... even if their family member worked in the courts and they assumed they were honest and ethical?
Why would they consider this site....if they believe their family member is upstanding and anyone else mentioned that they presume to know, would certainly be of no concern to them?
This site is not relevent to anyone but the guilty, the victims of the corruption, the citizens and taxpayers who want to be informed ,and the suspiciously curious.
Only a court mole would attempt to garner sympathy for corrupt judicial criminals, whose involvement would seriously interfere with the family income and benefits...if caught!
Hello to all the families reading this blog... esp those of whom are named and allegedly involved in NY court corruption!

Unknown said...

Only in City of Kingston What Doesn't Come Out In the Wash Will Come Out In the 3rd Rinse!!!!

john wagner said...

Remember Me Mr.Gilpatric When Susan Lamoreaux Pleaded Guilty And YOU PLEADED NOT GUILTY FOR HER!!! And I Was Sent Upstate For 7 Year's Hmmmmm!!

john wagner said...

Only in City of Kingston What Doesn't Come Out In the Wash Will Come Out In the 3rd Rinse!!!!

Anonymous said...

Only in City of Kingston What Doesn't Come Out In the Wash Will Come Out In the 3rd Rinse!!!!

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