Another Judge's Conduct In Question

Another Judge's Conduct In Question

There are 55 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Dec 28, 2008, titled Another Judge's Conduct In Question. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Sometimes an accusation of improper behavior by a judge sets off a clamor of publicity, as with the racially charged tirade that Superior Court Judge E. Curtissa Cofield allegedly inflicted on police officers ...

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downeaster

Ashburn, VA

#1 Dec 28, 2008
pension ammounts and benefit levels for all state and federal employees, just like the uaw are ridiculous
woodchip

Marlborough, CT

#2 Dec 28, 2008
Shame, shame! For that conduct you shall be reqired to attend 12 hours of classes!(that should keep the public quiet) We are sorry about any inconvienence that this may cause you. Enjoy your retirement! Say hello to Duggan and Cofield for us at the next Judges and Lawyers annual picnic.

Sincerely, Your pals,
The Judical Review Commitee
JenR

Manchester, CT

#3 Dec 28, 2008
where's the outrage? 102k a yr for being "fresh", where do I sign up?
Torre

Orange, CT

#4 Dec 28, 2008
Former laywers covering up for another slime ball lawyer/judge. Obviously the Judicial Review Board should be investigated. Looks like every Department and Commission needs a look at. Kind of sounds like a larger version of Hartford. Disgusting
Marc Vincent Russo

Burlington, VT

#5 Dec 28, 2008
These really aren't that bad. People need to suck it up sometimes.

•That "out of context to the conversation Judge Booth will consistently question female staff members about their marital status, who they live with and where they live."

•That Booth "will bring up the fact that he exercises, and then make a comment to the effect of 'with your figure, you don't need to exercise.'"

•That Booth "will make a female employee come into his office, sit down and shut the door to have a conversation on matters that could easily be handled over the phone."
Marc Vincent Russo

Burlington, VT

#6 Dec 28, 2008
If state employees have it so good, why don't you apply?
downeaster wrote:
pension ammounts and benefit levels for all state and federal employees, just like the uaw are ridiculous
Linda

Safety Harbor, FL

#7 Dec 28, 2008
Is there no end to garbage spewed by these high-level, overpaid,'leaders' of our state??? I'm ashamed to say I'm from Connecticut. It seems to get worse every day. BUT - seems like it's that way across the country. When are these 'pretty boys' going to cease abuse and start decent contributions to our society?
Raymond Burr

AOL

#10 Dec 28, 2008
16 years of service and a $102,256 pension not bad for a part time job.

I just hope Mr. Booth can enjoy his retirement on the beach exposing his fat little body to people. It must be a thrill. The pension alone would get me going. Here comes the judge.
Tom Collins

Windsor, CT

#11 Dec 28, 2008
Lisa Moody, Duggan, Cofield, Booth

How many more are there?

It's what the courant doesn't report that REALLY troubles me.
Union Buster

Windsor, CT

#12 Dec 28, 2008
Marc Vincent Russo wrote:
If state employees have it so good, why don't you apply?
<quoted text>
Most people can't slow down to public employees' work pace.
Retired-cop

AOL

#13 Dec 28, 2008
As a retired cop I don't like lawyers/which 99% are judges, however to get slammed because one could have talked to a female employee on the phone instead of face to face or to ask about one's family? How disconnected are we as a society becoming? Sounds like a witch hunt to me.
Retired-cop

AOL

#14 Dec 28, 2008
As a retired cop I don't like lawyers/which 99% are judges, however, to get slammed because one could have talked to a female employee on the phone instead of face to face or to ask about one's family? How disconnected are we as a society becoming? Sounds like a witch hunt to me.
Tom Collins

Windsor, CT

#15 Dec 28, 2008
Retired-cop wrote:
As a retired cop I don't like lawyers/which 99% are judges, however to get slammed because one could have talked to a female employee on the phone instead of face to face or to ask about one's family? How disconnected are we as a society becoming? Sounds like a witch hunt to me.
Obviously, there's more to his quitting than what you cherry-picked from the story; like $30,000 to settle a law suit against the judge. You must have been some investigator.
Observer

Bloomfield, CT

#16 Dec 28, 2008
Somebody needs to carefully examine Senior Status and Trial Referees aka Elderly Day Care for Judges. I used to think it was a key function of the old boy network but now that women are running the Judicial Branch it is still going on.

In the New Britain Courthouse, there is a judge in his 90's and one in excess of a 100 years old. I kid you not. I don't know what we pay them per day, but they are taking up prime real estate with their chambers in a building that needs all the space that it can get. It's a nice little racket....
Black Point Resident

Cheshire, CT

#17 Dec 28, 2008
We, on the shore, must take notice of this article and keep the kids away when this perv shows up.....
Former co-worker

Suffield, CT

#19 Dec 28, 2008
Retired-cop wrote:
As a retired cop I don't like lawyers/which 99% are judges, however, to get slammed because one could have talked to a female employee on the phone instead of face to face or to ask about one's family? How disconnected are we as a society becoming? Sounds like a witch hunt to me.
It is inaccurate that 99% of lawyers are judges OR that 99% of judges are lawyers (whichever you meant, it wasn't clear). ALL judges are lawyers.

As a retired cop, you should know there is always much more behind the story than there is room to print. I have seen the lawsuit. I also worked in the same building with him for a short time. This article includes a very few of the many allegations in that lawsuit and no context is provided given the space allowed.

You're correct that there is nothing wrong with speaking to a co-worker in person in your office.That's not what makes this guy a problem. He would say things behind closed doors that he would not say in front of witnesses. He would ask personal questions with a demeanor that made women uncomfortable. He would routinely call female employees to his office over the phone and close the door for non-business related conversation. That's an abuse of power and is intimidating. It is not the same as casually asking how the folks and dog are at the water cooler.
He used his his position to "flirt" with women in an unwelcome way at work. That's not acceptable, further, it is against the law. Surely as a former cop you know that. Judges know better and they have more sexual harassment training than the average citizen.
Complaining about this type of conduct by a judge is just not worth the potential fall out, but I'm glad someone has. Thankfully he finally realized he should quit before he was fired.
Tom H

West Hartford, CT

#20 Dec 28, 2008
The reference to the 100 year old judge is unfair. Unless something has changed recently, he does a very good job settling divorce cases. He earns his money!
sam adams

Canton Center, CT

#22 Dec 28, 2008
downeaster wrote:
pension ammounts and benefit levels for all state and federal employees, just like the uaw are ridiculous
Until YOU are the person collecting them.
Tom Collins

Windsor, CT

#23 Dec 28, 2008
Observer wrote:
Somebody needs to carefully examine Senior Status and Trial Referees aka Elderly Day Care for Judges. I used to think it was a key function of the old boy network but now that women are running the Judicial Branch it is still going on.
In the New Britain Courthouse, there is a judge in his 90's and one in excess of a 100 years old. I kid you not. I don't know what we pay them per day, but they are taking up prime real estate with their chambers in a building that needs all the space that it can get. It's a nice little racket....
I thought there was only one 80+ year old judge in the NB courthouse and he retired or was deceased.
Mark

Rye, NY

#28 Dec 28, 2008
Another instance of the lack of ethics in the Rell adminstration.

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