Archive for Friday, June 6, 2008

Judge’s removal upheld for jailing 46

June 6, 2008


— New York's top court has upheld the removal of a Niagara Falls city court judge who jailed 46 people after no one would own up to a cell phone that rang in court.

The state Commission on Judicial Conduct concluded in a November decision that Judge Robert Restaino "snapped" during the March 2005 session. It voted 9-1 for his removal.

Restaino was hearing domestic violence cases when the phone rang. He released everyone later that day.

He says he was wrong and under personal stress at the time. He says his record was otherwise unblemished and there would be no similar incidents.

The New York State Court of Appeals on Thursday unanimously upheld his removal. It calls punishing innocent people "inexcusable."


yellowhouse 9 years, 7 months ago

I believe the prosecutors and Judges just get so used to having the power to throw everyone in jail and seize their property, they get in a zone.. and forget there are innocent people out there. Like in the Yellow House case. No evidence, but for three years they have to keep trying to prove they have a case. Because they can't admit they made a mistake and falsley accused someone!

HootyWho 9 years, 7 months ago

He overreacted, But,.Some states have signs in the courtroom that you must turn off all cellphones, beepers ect., if you don't and they ring, they will be confiscated and NOT returned. Jeeze, you can live without a cellphone being on all the time

whatupdown 9 years, 7 months ago

I think they call this the dinner bell. $$$

bondmen 9 years, 7 months ago

Now, on a more serious and considerably more prevalent note, how about a little citizen justice for all the Judges that release violent offenders and sexual predators who, sooner rather than later, violently attack unsuspecting and otherwise innocent citizens!

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