Upstate NY Judge Under Disciplinary Charge Resigns

Associated Press
December 12, 2019 - 2:53 pm

Bizoo_n/Getty Images


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A town justice in western New York has resigned after he was accused of trying to thwart the arrest of his former brother-in-law on drunken driving charges.

The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct on Wednesday announced the resignation of James Mann as a justice for the Nunda town and village courts.

The commission said that when Mann's former brother-in-law failed a field sobriety test in 2016, he phoned a local police chief and asked him to let him go without charges.

According to the complaint, the chief then told the officer to release the man. Mann's lawyer didn't respond to a request for comment.