JUDGE'S REMARK SPARKS OUTRAGE
- TARRYTOWN JUDGE'S REMARK SPARKS OUTRAGE
Jonathan Bandler, Journal News, 5/21/O3
TARRYTOWN - An Arab-American woman who fainted in village court said
she suffered an anxiety attack after the judge asked if she were a
Anissa Khoder has filed a complaint against Tarrytown Village Justice
William Crosbie with the state Commission on Judicial Conduct.
Khoder went to court on Thursday to contest a pair of parking
tickets. As she approached the judge's table, she said, Crosbie
considered her name out loud and asked if she were a terrorist. She
said she was stunned by the implication, but responded with a weak,
"I felt offended, and I kept it to myself," she said, but then it got
worse. After completing her explanation for why the tickets should be
dismissed, she said the judge asked her, "You don't really want to
pay these tickets, do you?"
"Then he said something like, 'You have money to support the
terrorists, but you don't want to pay the ticket,'" Khoder said. "I
could not believe I was hearing that."
She was unable to say anything in protest and, almost immediately,
collapsed to the floor. A court officer and two Tarrytown police
officers helped her and called for an ambulance, but Khoder soon
recovered and declined medical attention.
Crosbie yesterday confirmed that he made the initial comment, asking
Khoder if she were a terrorist, and acknowledged that it "may have
been inappropriate." But he denied saying anything further regarding
TARRYTOWN JUSTICE WON'T RESIGN OVER 'TERRORIST' REMARK
Robert Marchant, Journal News, 5/22/03
TARRYTOWN - A village justice facing criticism for calling an Arab-
American woman a "terrorist" in his courtroom brushed aside the
controversy and Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano's call for
his resignation yesterday.
William Crosbie is facing a complaint in the New York State
Commission on Judicial Conduct from a Tarrytown nursing student and
mother, Anissa Khoder, who said the justice made a remark about her
being a "terrorist" as she approached him to discuss two parking
tickets on May 15 in Village Court. She called the remark offensive
and filed a complaint.
Crosbie acknowledged that he made the remark once in front of Khoder
and said it "may have been inappropriate." Yesterday, he said he
would answer any questions from the judicial conduct commission, but
he did not believe the matter was worth pursuing.
"I regret we had the contretemps," he said in his office following a
court session that went according to the usual routine, but he was
planning to continue with his duties as a village justice, regardless
of the criticism he is receiving in some quarters. "It's business as
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