Bad behavior by upstate judges

This just in from the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct: An Erie County judge and a Seneca County judge have resigned in disgrace from the bench, promising never to be judges again.

State Supreme Court Justice Joseph G. Makowski of Erie County quit the bench after a “publicly reported off-the-bench action in assisting an acquaintance.”

Stephen H. Brown, a Justice of the Junius Town Court in Seneca County, quit after he was admonished for “among other things, sending a threatening letter to the tenant in a landlord/tenant dispute after an ex parte request for assistance from the landlord.”

You can check out the full story on the Judicial Conduct Commission’s website, http://www.scjc.state.ny.us.