New York's Corrupt Judicial 'Ethics' Commission Welcomes 2014
The New York Law Journal, in an August 27, 2012 article by Joel Stashenko, "Conduct Commission Questions If Judicial Plates Violate Code," reported that Robert Tembeckjian was 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 was trading their status as a judge to avoid legal responsibility was 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, continues the accepted reality that the CJC wastes 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.
Governor Cuomo should do New York a little favor and chime in on the corrupt people supposedly over-seeing the state's judges. The public, state employees, and judges deserve to have a competent- and ethical- committee involved with the state's judges.
Must the public endure another year of being disgraced by a so-called overseer of judicial ethics in New York State? Corrupt judges will go on their merry way knowing they are protected by the all-too-politial and corrupt group headed by Robert Tembeckjian.