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J.A.I.L. Hits The Media
April 30, 2001
Group to watch judges
One of the people responsible for the censure of
state Supreme Court
Justice Joseph Teresi says New York's system for
disciplining judges doesn't go far enough, and he's looking to do something
Knox businessman Ronald Loeber is one of the organizers of an
upcoming meeting to create NYJail4Judges, a state chapter of a national group
devoted to holding judges more accountable.
Accountable, as the name
implies, in the sense of sending them to jail like
other citizens when they
With an initial meeting set for May 19 at the Rotterdam Motor
Schenectady, NYJail4Judges' has one major goal: getting the
Legislature to pass a "Judicial Accountability Initiative Law''
Grand Jury with the power to fine errant judges and remove
offenders from the bench. It would also be able to indict judges
Loeber was among several people who complained
to the Commission on
Judicial Conduct about Teresi, censured in February for
displaying a lack of judicial temperament for being "injudicious, impatient
and discourteous'' in trying to force a case settlement. He also held two people
in civil contempt of court in 1997 and sent them to jail without holding
One was Loeber, who spent 45 days in jail for refusing to sign
terminating his water and easement rights on land owned by a
Teresi then gave the county sheriff power to sign the deed.
Loeber, 59, said the case has all but ruined him financially and that censure
was a "slap on the wrist.'' He sued in federal court, but said Teresi was
removed as a defendant because of judicial immunity.
"I just decided,
I've got to do something about this,'' he said. Insisting it isn't a one-man,
sour grapes crusade, Loeber, who has teamed up with Washington County
constitutional activist Bill Gage, said that after news of the censure broke,
people from around the region and in Massachusetts called him with their own
stories about judges. Since posting a notice about the meeting on the Internet
(the main site is
http://www.jail4judges.org) recently, he's
heard from more in New York and other states, including, he said, one judge who
said he couldn't attend but sent $20 to reserve a spot for someone
The group hopes to influence town boards and county legislatures to
local resolutions supporting the law, and to take the support to the
Legislature within several years.
Compiled by Jay Jochnowitz,
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