Phony Judge Gerald Popeo's Chickens Home to Roost

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Judge loudmouth

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#2 Feb 28, 2014
Karma came round!
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#3 Feb 28, 2014
http://www.uticaod.com/article/20140223/News/...

Utica judge under fire for bullying remarks
The future of Utica City Court Judge Gerald Popeo is in question as the state

Commission on Judicial Conduct investigates whether he should be punished for an

alleged series of berating and bullying remarks.

UTICA

The future of Utica City Court Judge Gerald Popeo is in question as the state

Commission on Judicial Conduct investigates whether he should be punished for an

alleged series of berating and bullying remarks.

Nearly three years after Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara and

Oneida County Chief Public Defender Frank Nebush filed a joint complaint against Popeo

in 2011, McNamara confirmed that he is among the witnesses who have been asked to

attend a scheduled hearing this week regarding the judge’s actions.

What this might mean for Popeo’s judgeship – from possible censure or

admonishment to removal – remains unclear because the state judicial commission does

not discuss pending investigations.

Popeo came under fire in early 2011 after he was criticized for telling a

public defender to “shut up” before then lashing out at a defendant, Jeffrey Blount,

who had smirked in the courtroom.

“You’re standing there with a grin that I would love to get off the bench and

slap off your face,” Popeo told Blount, before then holding Blount in contempt.“What

are you laughing about?… How about 30 days in jail for contempt. That’s hilarious,

too, isn’t it?”

Popeo later dropped Blount’s contempt charge, admitting he had reacted with

“intemperate words” and did not completely follow legal procedure.

But the district attorney and public defender had enough, McNamara said.

Remarks by a judicial ethics expert who was quoted in the Observer-Dispatch at the

time prompted McNamara to file a formal complaint against Popeo.

“If the conduct is repeated – as opposed to a judge having one bad day –

attorneys do have a responsibility to take some action to protect their clients and

try to get a change in the judge’s behavior, regardless how difficult it may be,”

Cynthia Gray, director of the Center for Judicial Ethics of the American Judicature

Society, told the O-D on Jan. 11, 2011.

Popeo – who was elected City Court judge in 2000 then re-elected in 2010 –

could not be reached for comment.

McNamara believed Popeo’s belittling remarks in open court were creating the

risk that some cases would not be treated fairly.

“We felt that we didn’t have a choice as much as an ethical responsibility to

do something, so at that point we had to take the information that we were aware of,

including transcripts of different matters, and forward them to the Commission on

Judicial Conduct,” McNamara said.“We did this with great reluctance, because there

can be serious ramifications for us in the courtroom.”

Nebush, head of the county Public Defender’s Office, was unavailable for

comment.
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Utica, NY

#5 Mar 1, 2014
i'll drink to that

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