Sullivan Town Court Judge Resigns Over Tirade at Teenager


On several occasions during the summer of 2011, someone stole money from a farm stand that James P. Roman operated on his property in Madison County, N.Y. Convinced he had found the culprit that August, Mr. Roman, a justice of the nearby Sullivan Town Court, decided to take action, according to a complaint filed last year by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

What followed was an obscenity-ridden confrontation during which, according to the complaint, Mr. Roman pushed a 15-year-old boy to the ground, took his bike, threw it in the boy’s yard and threatened him with a baseball bat.
      

On Tuesday, the commission, the state agency that disciplines judges, announced that Mr. Roman had agreed to resign from his post. He also agreed never to seek or accept judicial office again.
Neither Mr. Roman nor his lawyer, Alan J. Pope, returned calls for comment on Tuesday.
      
Mr. Roman filed a response to the complaint in October 2012 in which he admitted using “harsh words and expletives,” damaging the boy’s bicycle and telling him to stay off his property. But he denied that he had pushed the boy off the bicycle or used a baseball bat “in a menacing manner.”
      
Robert H. Tembeckjian, administrator and counsel for the commission, said in a phone interview on Tuesday: “It is clearly improper for a judge who is obliged to uphold the law to act outside the courtroom in a manner that disrespects the law and takes disputes to such an extreme level. Mr. Roman recognized that in deciding to leave the bench.”

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Sullivan Town Court Judge Resigns Over Tirade at Teenager

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4 Responses to “Sullivan Town Court Judge Resigns Over Tirade at Teenager”

  1. Finny Says:

    Oh my — good thing he resigned.

  2. Thelma Says:

    Bad news for the bench – having a guy like that! Good news he's gone!

  3. Thelma Says:

    Bad news for the bench – having a guy like that! Good news he's gone!

  4. Anonymous Says:

    He should be so embarrassed.

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