The New York Times

June 14, 2006

Queens: Court Upholds Judge's Removal


New York State's highest court yesterday upheld the removal of a controversial State Supreme Court justice who prevented a detective from arresting a robbery suspect in her courtroom two years ago by allowing him to exit through a back entrance. The justice, Laura D. Blackburne, of State Supreme Court in Queens, had argued that she should not be removed for a single error of judgment, but a majority of the State Court of Appeals disagreed. The court's 5-2 decision upholds a ruling last November by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, which found that Justice Blackburne had "transcended the boundaries of acceptable judicial behavior."