Western NY Town Justice Resigns After Publicly Criticizing Attorneys, Criminal Justice Laws | New York Law Journal

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A town justice in Wayne County, New York, has resigned after he was accused of making public statements criticizing the state’s criminal justice system and implying that he ignored the presumption of innocence for defendants that appeared before him.

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“To start with, the whole system, quite frankly, sucks,” Stone said, according to the commission.

He went as far in his statements as to show a lack of faith in those brought up on criminal charges, saying at one point that he thought they should “swing,” according to the complaint against him from the commission.

“Most of these individuals, if I had my way, you’d see them probably swinging outside the door, OK?” Stone said. “That’s the way I was brought up.”

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