In a failed attempt to show any usefulness, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct (CJC) apparently came to the conclusion in late August, 2012, that NY State issued license plates identifying the registered owner as a member of the NY "Supreme Court" just may provide the driver or occupants with some sort of friendly accommodation from law enforcement.
The New York Law Journal, in an August 27, 2012 article by Joel Stashenko, "Conduct Commission Questions If Judicial Plates Violate Code," reports that Robert Tembeckjian is seeking, "...input for a public report to address the issue of whether the special vehicle plates violate the code of judicial conduct."
The suggestion that every judge in New York State may be trading their status as a judge to avoid legal responsibility is a thoughtless and desperate act by CJC Chief Counsel Robert Tembeckjian. The timing by Tembeckjian, himself under fire for selective enforcement of judicial ethics investigations, is highly suspect and again points to the CJC's waste of public funds and resources by pursuing issues not within the stated purpose of the CJC.
Did Mr. Tembeckjian just realize that a license plate identifying the driver as a judge just might give that judge a break by a cop? What about the reality that judges have accepted tickets from members of law enforcement and, in some cases, have had to nudge officers to actually issue a ticket. Every judge (and cop) knows that the public is watching events when a vehicle with "Judge's Plates" is engaged with a member of law enforcement. Some judges argue that they (or members of their family) have been denied the usual discretion of the ticket-issuing cop- whether to receive a warning in place of an actual summons- because of the always-hovering cloud of becoming mentioned in the next ticket-fixing scandal. One insider noted that Tembeckjian's improper over-reaching doesn't address the reality that most 'fixed' tickets are only fixed after they are issued.
Tembeckjian's PR grap comes after a recent CJC action, the Matter of Schilling. CLICK HERE TO READ THE SCHILLING DETERMINATION. The New York Daily News, where Mr. Tembeckjian's wife Barbara Ross is employed, printed an EDITORIAL on the subject, dated August 29, 2012, "Park the Plates" CLICK HERE TO READ THE EDITORIAL
So, again, the public is duped by the so-called overseers of judicial ethics in New York State. Corrupt judges will go on their merry way knowing they are protected by the all-too-politial corrupt group headed by Robert Tembeckjian. And the good judges of New York State, who really would like to uphold the law and justice, are again on notice that nothing has changed at the CJC. Judicial ethics review and enforcement in New York State is a sham, void of any sense of Due Process, and a selective and retaliatory weapon to be used when needed.
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Here's the August 13, 2012 dated letter Mr. Tembeckjian recently sent out:
NEW YORK STATE COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL CONDUCT
In a recent determination of removal involving a judge who engaged in ticketfixing, the Commission expressed its intention to issue a report on the subject of automobile license plates that identify the vehicle as belonging to a judge. A footnote in Matter of Schilling, states as follows: The Commission has repeatedly evaluated cases of judges attempting to use their judicial office to influence the disposition of traffic violations. This case represents a stark example of this problem and raises a systemic issue of how judicial license plates distort the normal process of enforcing traffic laws and the delicate position faced by law enforcement officers when they stop a vehicle with judicial plates. The Commission has decided that a public report is required to address the issue of whether or not the
Thank you very much for your time and consideration. I look forward to receiving and sharing with the Commission whatever comments you wish to submit.
Very truly yours,
Robert H. Tembeckjian, Administrator & Counsel