After being charged with an ethics violation, Supreme Court Justice Robert Berliner has resigned

Wednesday, June 22, 2022
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New York State Supreme Court Supreme Court Justice Robert Berliner

In 2008‚ Rockland County supreme court justice Robert M. Berliner resigned from his post‚ effectively ending his tenure on the bench. Prior to that‚ he served as a surrogate judge in Rockland County for one year and as Acting Justice in the Supreme Court and Rockland County family court. He earned his B.A. from New York University and his J.D. from Western New England College School of Law in 1976.

NEW CITY -- State Supreme Court. Justice robert berliner a former Rockland legislator is approaching retirement age  resigned he acted as a judge rather than contesting claims that he was involved in illegal political activity. New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct brought the charges. This commission investigates allegations regarding judicial misconduct. Berliner‚ 70 years old‚ was a Supreme Court Justice since 2008. He resigned on June 7‚ following an investigation. The commission also received a written complaint from April 25. Berliner is now eligible for compulsory retirement as a Supreme Court justice. However‚ he could still have been certified to serve three more two-year terms beginning January 2023 in order to continue his career as a judge up until age 76. Robert Berliner‚ Rockland County Supreme Court Justice‚ looks at the traveling exhibit on the Lemmon Case that was displayed at the Rockland County Courthouse New York City. It is Jan. 18‚ 2022. In the 1850s‚ a man from South Carolina brought his slaves with him to New York. They were then declared free. Berliner agreed‚ in his resignation‚ to step down effective September 30. He will not be running for any judicial offices‚ according to the commission. Release. Berliner signed a stipulation to resign before that date and forgo a hearing by commission According to the complaint‚ Berliner was accused of engaging in illegal political activity in support of two candidates for judicial office in September 2015 and November 2017. According to the commission‚ he accompanied or introduced them to three meetings of political and community leaders from Orange and Rockland Counties. Robert Tembeckjian‚ Commission Administrator‚ stated that Berliner got into politics in error. This is a crucial prohibition for judges. Judges are allowed to talk about themselves and their experience during campaigns but must keep away from political opinions. Tembeckjian stated that judges must not be influenced by political parties. Public confidence in the impartiality and independence of the judiciary is strengthened by their exclusion from political campaigns. This mandate does not permit the promotion of another candidate with political leaders. The commission was represented by Tembeckjian‚ who was assisted by Vickie Ma‚ Senior Attorney‚ and Deputy Administrator Make Levine. Drew Zagami‚ an investigator was appointed to this case. Berliner graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1973. He also received a degree from Western New England College School of Law‚ in 1976. This was the beginning of a long and successful career in the judiciary system. In 1977‚ he began his career as a Brooklyn Family Court law assistant. In 1979‚ he was promoted to the rank of principal law assistant at Rockland County Family Court. Later‚ he worked as principal court attorney in Surrogates and Supreme courts between 1984 and 2004. Berliner was an elected Rockland legislator representing Ramapo. He then won the election to be Rocklands Surrogates Court Judge‚ which he served from 2006 through 2008. Berliner was elected to the Supreme Court of 9th Judicial District in 2008.

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He served from 2006 through 2008. Supreme Court justices handle civil cases. In 2021‚ he was reelected. Berliner's second term expires Dec. 31‚ 2028. Berliner decision:Judge says Palisades Center Mall is not eligible for $2.64M in tax reimbursement from Clarkstown Historic case: New York Courts Honor Historic Anti-Slavery Lemmon Case Decision on Precipice Of Civil War Hearings are held by the commission on ethical charges. The recommendations of this body are sent to state courts who decide penalties. An ethics judge can be censured or reprimanded and suspended. Since 2003‚ the commission has received 117 of these stipulations. The commission issued 342 censure determinations and 177 removal determinations since 1978. 101 Commission decisions have been reviewed by the Court of Appeals. 85 of these cases were removed‚ 6 were censures‚ and 3 were admonitions. Berliner was unable to be reached for comment. Deborah Scalise‚ Scarsdale's attorney declined to comment. . Steve Lieberman is a reporter covering government‚ court‚ investigations‚ breaking news and courts. Reach him at [email protected] Twitter: @lohudlegal Read more articles  and  bio only with the support of our readers can we provide local coverage. The original version of this article appeared in Rockland/Westchester Journal News. Robert Berliner‚ NY Supreme Court Justice‚ resigns following allegations