Judge wants legal opinions in trustee case

Spring Valley Justice Alan Simon today asked for legal arguments on whether the courts have legal jurisdiction when elected officials curse and yell at one another during public meetings.

Simon ordered the prosecutor and defense lawyer to provide legal opinions on whether Village Board Trustee Anthony Leon can be charged with a non-criminal harassment violation for his alleged verbal assault on Trustee Demeza Delhomme during a Board of Trustees meeting Sept. 25.

During Leon’s arraignment on the non-criminal violation of second-degree harassment, Simon cited the separation of the three branches of government, and said government officials have had leeway historically to yell and scream at one another without their actions being criminal.

He also reprimanded any elected official for inappropriate behavior but noted they are held accountable by voters.

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Steve Lieberman

Steve Lieberman joined The Journal News as an editor in February 1984 and became a reporter during the spring of 1986. He has covered police, courts and legal issues for more than a decade, after reporting on county, town, village and state governments and general issues. He received more than a dozen state awards for writing and reporting. Born and raised in The Bronx, he has lived in Rockland since 1988.