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Friday, May 25, 2012

Judge Recuses Over Friendship With Ex-Police Commissioner

Judge Recuses Over Friendship With Ex-Police Commissioner
The New York Law Journal by Andrew Keshner  -  May 25, 2012

A judge yesterday recused himself from the criminal trial of three retired Nassau County police officers in order to avoid an "appearance of impropriety" due to his friendship with the ex-police commissioner. Nassau County Court Judge John Kase, the court's supervising judge, said he would not preside over the trial of the three men who were indicted for allegedly conspiring to prevent the arrest of the son of a donor to the police department.  Reading a statement from the bench during a court appearance in People v. Flanagan, 338N/12, Kase noted he has been a friend of former Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey for the past five years and has been "in his company at professional as well as social events." Mulvey was the police commissioner at the time of the officers' alleged crime.  Noting that "transparency and trust" in the legal process is "of paramount importance," Kase said, "The mere appearance of impropriety is as strong a reason for recusal as impropriety itself. Therefore, I believe that my presiding over this case could create an appearance of impropriety."  The case has been reassigned to Nassau County Court Judge George Peck. The three officers are William Flanagan, former second deputy commissioner, whose charges include receiving a reward for official misconduct. Charges against John Hunter, former deputy chief inspector, include two counts of sixth-degree official misconduct and conspiracy. Alan Sharpe, a former detective sergeant, faces counts including offering a false instrument for filing in the second degree.


Anonymous said...

I'd like to think this judge is doing the right thing but recusal doesn't happen enough. I don't know what to believe anymore since the court system is so corrupt. Now we always have to question EVERYTHING. Always more questions than answers in a corrupted system. I no longer have any faith in our system of law.

Anonymous said...

Things are much worse than already presented and the recusing judge is protecting himself from a demanded fix or we'll out your corruption possibility. The wise in the system keep extensive files on the other rats. You ever know when you'll need it. Honor among NY Justice employees?

Anonymous said...

Good for him - he did the right thing - he's a stand up guy! God Bless him!

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