Verdict is in on Judge Ettore Simeone's behavior

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You'd think Conservative Family Court Judge Ettore Simeone, already censured by the state, would be on his very best behavior in his bid for re-election. But the judge is already tripping over his own Web site ...
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Pauline

Port Washington, NY

#1 Jul 15, 2007
The Integrity and Democratic parties are backing Theresa Whelan without primary.
eileen bisges

United States

#4 Jul 15, 2007
This designation by the ench is a Conservative Party is a disgrace. This man as a member of the bench is a disgrace. Simeone thinks he can disregard rules and ethical behavior. Thw Commission should have removed him from the Family Court.
Fred

United States

#5 Jul 15, 2007
Man you can't buy this kind of media support. Way to go McKay.

Judge Simeone is being bashed BECAUSE he decided to seek the Independence
line - a line he had for his first campaign.

Now just because he is running a primary - all of a sudden - the tables at a
fund raiser with reservation signs on them become a wrongdoing. Wow. Did he
write the checks for the seats? No. Just look at the campaign contribution
reports - you will see the names. Tisk tisk. This is a real stretch. But the
objective was accomplished. The word was published. Wrong - but so what. Way
to go McKay.

Impeccable - is an appropriate comment when it comes to his decisions. But -
and again kudos Mckay - it was an opportunity to schmear him again. Nice
segway for the moral plop. And I bet he changed it to eliminate another
segway for Mckay & company to get more priceless publicity. He should change
it back. His work on the bench IS imepccable.

Now as to the Babylon legislator - it is his job to help his constituents -
so a call from a son is not surprising - but was there a call? To him? And,
if he felt why then did he attend the fundraiser for Simeone? Ins't he an
Independence party member?

Way to go McKay.

Now McKay is related to Whelan - right? Godfather or something with kids?
And isn't Theresa Whelan - who wants to be Family Court Judge - married to a
Suffolk Supreme Court Judge? Well - a dynasty! king and Queen. McKay the
Jack?

Inquiring minds want to know...
question

Bedford, NY

#6 Jul 15, 2007
Pauline wrote:
The Integrity and Democratic parties are backing Theresa Whelan without primary.
Is the Integrity party a real party? Does it have a ballot line?
GovernmentsEnemy

AOL

#7 Jul 15, 2007
Judge Simeone is probably one of the only and last fair Family court judges who respect fathers rights.
Party Watcher

Medford, NY

#8 Jul 15, 2007
question wrote:
<quoted text>
Is the Integrity party a real party? Does it have a ballot line?
The Integrity Party from my sources tell me it's a coalition of people from many parties and some unaffiliated, who believe in responsible government and accountable govt. They have screened candidates from all across the spectrum and have endorsed the same. The biggest criteria for them is how a candidate has behaved in office and are they trustworthy ?

Most of their endorsements have been pretty solid even if their candidate lost. There are a few exceptions. The Judge going to prison for money laundering is one of them and the most embarassing but he was also supported by a major party and had pulled the wool over many eyes.

All in all it's a good concept for people to rally around. There is a good chance that the Integrity Party will get their own ballot line.

They are taking it to litigation and have some respectable candidates they can use to test this in court.
Pauline

Port Washington, NY

#9 Jul 15, 2007
The Integrity Party has a line in some races, not others, depends!!!
Wayne

Yonkers, NY

#10 Jul 15, 2007
Simeone is everything that's wrong with the judicial system. Please remove him.
Isabella

AOL

#11 Jul 15, 2007
Judge Simeone should not be allowed to behind a bench. He's a pig, a disgrace. What a disgrace this guy walks among decent human beings.
Governments Enemy

AOL

#12 Jul 15, 2007
Isabella wrote:
Judge Simeone should not be allowed to behind a bench. He's a pig, a disgrace. What a disgrace this guy walks among decent human beings.
And you have been a particpant in his courtroom.He is one of the few good judges.
Wayne

Yonkers, NY

#13 Jul 15, 2007
I just googled this guy Simeone, I can't believe this guy, please let me ask, WHY is this shady character still working?? Has anyone else done a little searching? Google this guy right away, he thinks nothing of women, he's a horrible guy, what on earth does it take to remove someone from the bench anyway?? This is a major problem we should all be concerned with. I'm just flat-out disgusted with this guy Simeone. I mean, damn....
Wayne

Yonkers, NY

#14 Jul 15, 2007
Governments Enemy wrote:
<quoted text>And you have been a particpant in his courtroom.He is one of the few good judges.
So if you don't like what someone says about the almighty judge, they have been "a participant" in his courtroom? Grow up. The guy is a disgrace. And from what I understand and from what I have been gearing all over, looks like word is spreading around on him.
Roberta from Long Island

AOL

#15 Jul 15, 2007
I agree with the others saying this guy is bad news. Simeone needs to be taken down!
Pauline

Port Washington, NY

#16 Jul 15, 2007
If this is the best the GOP can do countywide, no wonder why they didn't even bother to field a candidate against Levy.
The Anti Cop

AOL

#17 Jul 15, 2007
Wayne wrote:
<quoted text>
So if you don't like what someone says about the almighty judge, they have been "a participant" in his courtroom? Grow up. The guy is a disgrace. And from what I understand and from what I have been gearing all over, looks like word is spreading around on him.
Well just maybe before you judge his abilities INSIDE the courtroom by OUTSIDE stuff maybr you should know he is a judge who does not bow down to any attorney and believes in fathers rights.I have been a participant in his courtroom and if my s/n does'nt tell you my feelings about government ,as much as I ca'nt stand monkey suites I must say this judge is fair and has my respect.
Read A Law Book

Milford, CT

#18 Jul 15, 2007
Before any more Simeone employees write that checking the names of who wrote the checks is all you need to do to clear Simeone, open a law book and get a download on what the law is. You have NO CLUE what you are talking about and it is sad. Thankfully the Commission on Judicial Ethics understands the law and so does "Judge" Simeone--just chooses to ignore it.
Simeone critique

Bedford, NY

#19 Jul 15, 2007
Hon. Ettore A. Simeone
Hon. Ettore Simeone is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton
and Albany Law School. From 1981 to 1989, he served as an assistant district attorney for
Suffolk County. From 1990 to 1997, he served as principal law clerk to State Supreme Court
Justice H. Patrick Leis III. In 1997, he was appointed to the Suffolk County Family Court by
Governor George E. Pataki on an interim basis and elected to the Family Court the following
year.

Judge Simeone was observed by ten monitors on eleven different days.

Demeanor
The monitors described Judge Simeone as "calm," "courteous," and "respectful to
everyone." One monitor praised, "Judge Simeone cares for the children." Another described the
judge as "like a father who was sympathetic yet firm."
Monitors praised the manner in which Judge Simeone interacted with children and others
involved in the proceedings. One monitor was impressed that he talked to the involved children,
"letting them know that they were empowered to make things better or worse." This monitor
also pointed out that Judge Simeone used "certificates, pictures with the judge and applause" to
encourage the children. Another monitor recounted a case in which a sign language translator
was used with parents who were both profoundly hearing impaired. This monitor praised the
judge for his patience with the parents and the translator:“the parents were agitated but the judge
explained and explained until the [parents]] understood their rights and the consequences of their
behavior plus the reasons for his numerous [rulings] in the case.”

Professionalism
Monitors found Judge Simeone to be "highly professional." They stressed that he was
“very knowledgeable” on all observed cases and gave clear and thorough explanations, and
"made sure he was understood." Another monitor noted, "His questions to petitioners were clear
and on point." One monitor was impressed that he explained “which options were available for
each litigant” particularly which program would best suit them.
Monitors praised Judge Simeone for the efficient manner in which he conducted
proceedings. One monitor remarked, "Judge Simeone ran a very efficient courtroom with the
very willing cooperation of his staff." One monitor was impressed with efforts not to waste time
when a placement for a child had to be arranged. The monitor observed that the judge or a
member of his staff would “on the spot” call the agency to start the placement process. On another occasion Judge Simeone was actively involved in assuring that the afternoon session
ended on time in keeping with new overtime rules for staff.
Monitors also were impressed by the formality of proceedings in Judge Simeone's
courtroom. Two monitors were impressed that, in their experience, only Judge Simeone began
the day with the Pledge of Allegiance. One monitor noted, "It was an effective reminder of
where were and what was happening." Another approvingly observed, "This was [only] the
second courtroom here in family court where we were asked to rise each time the judge entered."

Command of the Courtroom
In general, monitors reported that Judge Simeone was in “good” control of his courtroom.

Audibility
Some monitors had difficulty hearing Judge Simeone and suggested,“The judge should
speak up.” Noise from the hallway and opening doors was reported as a problem attributed his
inaudibility.
People in glass houses

Yaphank, NY

#20 Jul 15, 2007
Someone is about to drop a dime on Frank.

“Dare to be different.”

Since: Jun 07

Kingston Upon Hull, England.

#21 Jul 15, 2007
I remember reading an article about an American judge, quite a while ago, who was removed from office after it was found that he had been offering young male offenders lighter sentences in return for them allowing him to shampoo their hair. In a word, he allowed his fetish to interfere with the proper execution of justice.
This is no different. A judge should not try anyone he knows personally. To do so without declaring the interest is a breach of trust.
GovernmentsEnemy

AOL

#22 Jul 16, 2007
Lord-Voldemort wrote:
I remember reading an article about an American judge, quite a while ago, who was removed from office after it was found that he had been offering young male offenders lighter sentences in return for them allowing him to shampoo their hair. In a word, he allowed his fetish to interfere with the proper execution of justice.
This is no different. A judge should not try anyone he knows personally. To do so without declaring the interest is a breach of trust.
Judge Hertha Trotta of 1st District holds on to cases she when she knows shes biased against the defendant.I see no difference here.Just remember,Innocent till proven guilty.

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