New York’s Top Judge Resigns Amid Misconduct Proceeding: Report


On Tuesday, New York’s top judge suddenly announced her resignation while the state’s judicial commission was considering a complaint that she improperly attempted to influence a disciplinary hearing

According to The Wall Street Journal:

The state’s Commission on Judicial Conduct had been investigating Judge DiFiore for several months in connection with a complaint filed last year by Dennis Quirk, head of the court officers union, according to the knowledgeable people. The commission voted in June to serve Judge DiFiore with a formal written complaint alleging that she improperly used her official position to influence a disciplinary hearing involving Mr. Quirk, those people said.

The formal complaint could have led to a hearing before the commission, which has the power to privately caution judges, issue public admonitions or censures and even remove judges from office in extreme circumstances.

Mr. Quirk had been subject to a disciplinary hearing after court officials accused him of threatening to retaliate against Judge DiFiore in 2020. Mr. Quirk emailed the judge threatening to share information about her private life after a news report said she ordered an investigation into the union leader’s alleged racism, according to a copy of the email filed in a related court case.

In letter dated Aug. 24 of last year, Judge DiFiore wrote to Phyllis Flug, who was presiding over the hearing, that Mr. Quirk had a “childish temper tantrum” and that “absent significant sanction, he will be emboldened to engage in similar misconduct in the future,” according to a copy reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

“I implore you to use your authority wisely to uphold the values of our entire court system,” Judge DiFiore also wrote in the message, which was printed on official letterhead.

New York’s rules of judicial conduct state that judges may not lend the prestige of their office to advance private interests and may not voluntarily testify as a character witness.

Judge DiFore’s resignation effectively ends the investigation.



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Frances Weingarten
Frances Weingarten
4 months ago

I feel that I don’t have enough information in regard to the resignation of this Judge! From what I have read, it doesn’t seem to me that she
has stepped too far out of line to be considered guilty!
If she believes that she is guilty of what she has said, she must make clear what she has done and take it from there! If she doesn’t believe that she is guilty, other information must be shown so that it will be clear as to what she has said!

Nita
4 months ago

She can’t interfere but he can threaten her????
Sounded like blackmail on Quirk’s part???

Alicia
Alicia
4 months ago

It is time for a change for those to be accountable for their actions. More individuals need to stand strong in their convictions to fight for what is right. Fear is the enemy we can defeat.

Joe
Joe
4 months ago

Your fired judge.

Allen
Allen
4 months ago

Sounds like all of New York politics. Who do you believe? No one knows because NONE are trustworthy enough to be believed. Throw New York state out of the union.

guest
guest
4 months ago

Well, certainly appears she spoke her mind, Doesn’t Judges have the right to free speech off the bench? I think she was just expressing Quirks Quirky personality she had observed. If an accused have the right to threaten a judge with information or other threats, in order to defend themselves, then that is blackmail. You tell everyone i am a quick tempered puke, i tell them that you have a dark past no one knows about? Tit for tat, no place for that either.

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