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More ‘informality’ than breach of justice

August 19, 2013

We’re glad someone at the state level is watching over town and village justices, but the recent prosecution of Howard Riley by the state Commission on Judicial Conduct seems like much ado about —......

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Aug-22-13 11:12 PM

Wrong again Omar.... you are 0 for 2 this week in regard to facts! Go back to the ole' drawing board to make an intelligent post.

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Aug-21-13 11:19 PM

I gave a tad too much respect to you Omar; questioning relevance from decades ago. Really? did you read the editorial? and it's constant support referring back to the 40's - 70's??? "Charming and friendly" certainly defines a part of Howard Riley; but as with all of us (which the ADE neglects to mention because it would destroy their content of the editorial) there also appear the darker sides of people that allow for indiscretions. Every pancake, regardless how thin it is, has two sides!!!

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Aug-20-13 10:24 PM

The commission didn't find any instances of misconduct. Anybody can make a complaint, and they will investigate it. Who knows if it would've been substantiated or not.

Howard quit drinking a couple decades ago. I don't know why you'd bring that up as if it has any relevance to this.

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Aug-20-13 8:55 PM

To have an Editorial defending him to the extent they have is kind of weird to me, but what else should we expect?

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Aug-20-13 8:53 PM

and I don't wish readers to think that I think he is crooked. Rather I hope to wake up the pretenders that everything wasn't dandy and fine. Great guy for the most part w/ poor 'Judgement' sometimes, as a Judge...

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Aug-20-13 8:49 PM

Howard CHOSE to resign because of the allegations and the seriousness of them, not due to anything else he tries to salvage. Judicial misconduct is JUDICIAL MISCONDUCT any way you wish to paint it, is a 'turning your head' scenario, from which we are far too willing to do in this day-n-age!!! Again, I like Howard, but wake up and stop defending him.......let him sleep on his own pillow.

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Aug-20-13 8:42 PM

I like, and trust Howard's judgement too; however, people (in particular the ADE writer(s)) are forgetting one little FACT! He, perhaps unknowingly, perhaps not, committed multiple infractions. The 'NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct' found several instances of Misconduct. Now, lovely fellow, most endear Howard, but infractions have occurred, and multiple times! Why we dismiss the allegations because he is "Howard Riley" is beyond me! He was also the Mayor "back in-the-day" who was routinely found 'passed-out' on the floor of the Waterhole#3; too drunk to function. So I don't understand the rush for savior of this old man. To end, I like him too, but read the truth!!!

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Aug-20-13 7:26 AM

The forgotten key to being a good judge is judgement.. I would trust Howard to form a good and wise judgement over any lawyer****mon sense, fairness, above graft...Howard has always seemed to me to have much more of those traits than any state run entity would ever have. I certainly didn't lose any respect for him because of this silly rebuke.

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Aug-19-13 1:05 PM

We do not need the lawyers being village/town judges. We need people with common sense and it sounds like Howard is such a person.

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Aug-19-13 1:02 PM

(One always thinks of something to add after a piece goes to press.)

It's worth adding that William Glaberson of The New York Times didn't find all that much dirt when he conducted a lengthy investigation into judicial misconduct in Franklin County in 2006 — digging for evidence to back the preconceived notion that NY needs to replace local courts with a state-run district court system.

If you add up all the mistakes municipal judges make, there's relatively little there. Weigh that against all the good these public servants do for society. I suspect Howard Riley has done a great deal on good on the bench, and if this state investigation shows the worst he's done, I say he's done pretty well.

Sure, every judge is bound to make some people mad, but so would a state district judge. So do a police officer, a newspaper editor, a teacher and a politician.

-Peter Crowley, managing editor

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Aug-19-13 10:48 AM

Kudos to the editor who wrote this piece. Well reasoned with all the salient tripping points covered. The community knows Howard, and got the kind of justice served in a small community where everyone knows everyone, and the mores we are expected to uphold. No apologies needed Mr. Riley

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