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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics - Allegations of misconduct: Opinion 18-136.

Byline: Daily Record Staff

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics

Allegations of misconduct

Actual knowledge Duty to investigate

Opinion 18-136

Background: The mayor told the inquiring village justices a court officer was notifying federal immigration officers when suspected undocumented defendants will be appearing in village court. The judges are aware that defendants, at times, were arrested on immigration charges in and near the courthouse, but they do not know if the mayor's allegations are true or if there is any nexus to the court officer.

Ruling: The Committee concluded a village justice with no direct or independent knowledge of alleged misconduct by a court officer has no obligation to investigate or take any action.

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Publication:Daily Record (Rochester, NY)
Date:Mar 6, 2019
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