State Supreme Court Justice William Wetzel is leaving the black robes behind for retirement. Wetzel, a one-time Briarcliff Manor Village Justice, spent years in Manhattan before being transferred to the Westchester County Courthouse last year.
While in Manhattan, Wetzel presided over the cybersex trial of Oliver Jovanovic in 1998 and was sharply criticized by the state appeals court for using the rape shield law to bar the jury from seeing lurid mails between the alleged victim and defendant. The appeals court overturned Jovanovic’s conviction. Most recently, Wetzel presided over the rape-murder trial of Walter Maddox of Yonkers, who was convicted of raping three women and killing one of them. He also presided over the murder trial of Vetal Bonhomme, who is serving a 20-year sentence for a shooting death in Mount Vernon and sentenced New Rochelle hand-chopper Christopher Calise to 15 years in prison.
For those interested, Wetzel’s retirement party will be held at Vintage in downtown White Plains from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2. Cost is $40 for food and an open bar. Call 824-5437 by May 21 to RSVP.