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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Unethical "Ethics" Lawyers Get Axed

Unethical "Ethics" Lawyers Get Axed

Three top so-called "ethics" lawyers, based in Albany, have been pushed out.  Two staff attorneys, Steven Zayas and Elizabeth Devane, and their boss Peter Torncello, chief counsel for the Committee on Professional Standards- the attorney "ethics" committee for the Appellate Division, Third Department.

A New York Law Journal article by Joel Stashenko, "Chief, Two Lawyers Resign From 3rd Dept. Disciplinary Panel," published on July 10, 2013, quotes 3rd Department clerk Robert Mayberger as saying Sherrill Spatz, the NY State court system's "inspector general" is investigating. (To date, no one has been able to determine exactly what an "inspector general investigation" is.)

The official cover-up line, crafted by New York's Unified Court System, is that the firing had something to do with "inaccurate time sheets by the lawyers."  Not surprising, insiders say there's a lot more to the story.  

The 3rd Department Presiding Judge Karen Peters is to be applauded for taking decisive action to get rid of unethical ethics lawyers.

The recent unethical antics by those charged with overseeing the ethics of others unearths fond memories of The 3 Stooges of Manhattan's attorney ethics committee: Alan W. Friedberg, Sherry K. Cohen and Thomas J. Cahill.  Not much ethics, but a lot of laughs, to be sure. See, "Animal House on 2nd Floor at 61 Broadway - Dobule Secret Probation"

Not to be outdone with ethical absurdities, the Commission on Judicial Conduct ("CJC") re-hired Alan Friedberg -See, "Disaster Hits New York Statewide Judicial Ethics"

Alan Friedberg had been involved with CJC Chief Counsel Robert Tembeckjian's Bronx Money Grab:

Top Judicial 'Ethics' Lawyer Tembeckjian Settles His Lack-of-Sex Lawsuit

Judicial 'Ethics' Chief Counsel Robert Tembeckjian's Sexless Money Grab

According to the wife of New York State's Commission on Judicial Conduct (the "CJC") Chief Counsel, the story involves the lack of sex to the top attorney at the state agency that oversees the ethics of all New York State judges.  Robert Tembeckjian's wife, New York Daily News reporter Barbara Ross, also says that the ordeal began near a Pizzeria Uno Restaurant and involved "filthy, black, slippery grease."

The lawsuit, Barbata Ross and Robert Tembeckjian v. Betty G. Reader Revocable Trust, et al., , was filed on July 5, 2007 in The New York Supreme Court in the Bronx (Index #17038-07). The additional defendants included Emigrant Business Credit Corporation, Uno Restaurant Holdings Corp; Individually and d/b/a Uno Chicago Grill, Pizzeria Uno Corporation, Individually and d/b/a Uno Chicago Grill, and NJC Carting Corporation, Individually and d/b/a Nicholas J. Cicale Carting. The plaintiffs were represented by Edward A. Steinberg of Leav & Steinberg, LLP with offices at 120 Broadway, 18th floor, New York, New York 10271. While the incident occurred in Manhattan, where the Tembeckjians live, the original complaint indicates that one defendant, NJC Carting Corporation, had an address at 2847 Dudley Avenue in the Bronx.  According to a source, the case settled in April of 2012.

The legal action, according to Ross and Tembeckjian, involved the lack of the defendants to adequately maintain the sidewalk near 391-395 Sixth Avenue in Manhattan. Apparently, Barbara found herself walking in front of the Pizzeria Uno but then suddenly sitting in filthy, black, slippery grease. Barbara described what happened under oath, saying, "I can only liken it to a bagel overstuffed with cream cheese; when you squish it, the stuff comes out on the side. My shoe, my left shoe, the inside of my left shoe, had a ridge of grease, and my clothes were covered with it, my hands were covered with it."

Robert Tembeckjian Claimed Lack of Sex From Barbara Ross

Robert Tembeckjian alleged in the lawsuit that his sex life had been adversely affected on April 6, 2006 when his wife Barbara Ross was, "lawfully traversing over and upon the sidewalk in front of premises 395 Sixth Avenue in the County, City and State of New York." Bob also asserted that his wife "was caused to slip and fall at the aforesaid place as a result of the negligence of defendants…. and without any negligence on her part contributing thereto."  Co-plaintiff Robert Tembeckjian further claimed, "….loss of services, companionship, society, and consortium of plaintiff Barbara Ross that would normally flow between a husband and wife."  Under oath, Barbara was asked if there had been any disruption in the sexual relationship between her and her husband as a result of the accident. "Yes…. we were monks, for months….until the end of August when I began to feel better…."  The good news, for those interested in the top judicial 'ethics' counsel Tembeckjian's sexual happiness, is, according to Barbara, that their sexual relations resumed, "after my shoulder got really better, so probably November of '06."

The Tembeckjians Couldn't Take State-Paid Trip to Hawaii

When asked where she had traveled to since the accident, Barbara mentioned outside Syracuse and San Diego. The San Diego trip, Ms. Ross said, was "vacation slash business, last summer," adding, "[b]ut we lost a trip to Hawaii, because I couldn't deal with -- we lost a -- my kid is still not letting me live it down. A trip to Hawaii, which substantially would have been paid for by my husband's job because it was a business trip. I couldn't, I couldn't do the flight." Ms. Tembeckjian also indicated that there was an "out-of-pocket loss" not only for her family but for friends who where going to accompany her daughter on that trip.  It is unknown whether either of the Tembeckjians had been asked if they knew how many state judges and their families had been provided with taxpayer-paid trips to Hawaii.

Bob Too Busy Selectively Enforcing Judicial Ethics to Peel Potatoes

During her April 4, 2008 deposition, Barbara indicated that there were "many, many meals" that she couldn't prepare, so they had, "a lot of eat-out," adding, "If you can peel a potato with one hand, I'll tell you how you do it, you put it between your knees and it takes you 45 minutes to do three pounds of potatoes."  Ms. Tembeckjian also said she stopped using her maiden name Boylan, opting for Ross, about two years out of college because, "I worked for another nut named Boylan and I didn't want them to think I was related." After clarifying that Ross had been her prior married name, Barbara indicated that she had been the power of attorney for an Edith Asbury from about April of 2006.



Anonymous said...

Why didn't the 3rd Department hire Alen Friedberg. He's the best at screwing things up!

Anonymous said...

I heard they were deep-sixing ethics complaints for their friends.

Anonymous said...

this happened over a week ago!!

Anonymous said...

It was known months ago, but the powers that be wanted it to be done during the summer.

OCA are experts in covering-up and downplaying everything.

It's pretty sad that our justice system is such a scam.

Thank you Andrew Cuomo and Jonathan Lippman.

Anonymous said...

The "Three Stooges" should join the CIRCUS..and make sure to bring Naomi Goldstein with you!! Thanks for the laugh, I really needed it..

Anonymous said...

Karen Peters should not be applauded.

She is in heart of case that this Blog Owner claimed he was working on years ago and promised action on years ago but has disappeared on for years.

When you are the Chief, you need to be above scrutiny.

Karen Peters is in the middle of where a lot of scrutiny should be.

What is this blog owner going to finally do about it and how will this blog owner be accountable?

Hand in hand with Karen Peters down the coverup blackhole?

Or justice and Accountability?

When you go several years without accountability that offends Due Process right there.

Applauding Karen Peters for 2 small cogs in the overall corruption chain systematically violating the US Constitution and Oath is more nonsense misleading garbage, Part 360 Solid Waste not fit for the Landfill scams.

Anonymous said...

This was reported by the timesunion some time ago, the article mentioned no where that it had anything to do with inside "cronyism", where did this blog get their information????? I want to see documentation...It was said that they fudged time cards...Hence only being looked at cause they're ripping off the state...So the proof!!!

Anonymous said...

Where there is smoke there is fire!!! The DOJ should be looking at this instead of the SAC hedge fund!!! There is much more money involved with the Judges/Courts/Lawyers/Banks!!!

Anonymous said...

And where is our 'good friend' Robt Tembecjianon this one? Why isn't he leading the charge to rid the corrupt courts of yet another corrupt Judge? And who are her mentors? Becasue this one has proven herself to be an empty skirt why hasn't someone - anyone pulled her!! SO Andy what's the story her?

Anonymous said...

HELLO !!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Did Pat Doyle know how the swim with the sharks? This was not in the Daily News, Post or Newsday?! Is there a blackout on this story?

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Has the NY AG gone on holiday? Or is hoping that this will just go away? He's another cover-up artist in a long line of low life dirty lawyers! Take that Eric!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

They may have gotten the AXE as some eye wash, but have 'they' gotten the SHAFT??? If not, WHEN?

Anonymous said...

Since these attorneys didn't make it to jail - who gave them the "get out of jail pass" - was it some of their brethren? They all must be above the law! So where is the Justice? Everyone knows there is no Justice as long as the Attorneys are running a closed shop!

Anonymous said...

How do you mean AXED? Did they lose their heads?

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