Upstate New York decide resigns after he ‘keyed’ a city official’s automotive when he was denied medical protection
- Watson City Court docket Justice Gregory Burker, from Central New York, resigned after pleading responsible to vandalizing city official’s automotive final fall
- Burker was upset the city has denied his request to offer medical insurance
- Burker, who had been on the bench since 1999, agreed by no means to hunt judicial workplace sooner or later
An extended-time Central New York decide has resigned after he admitted to ‘keyeing’ the automotive of a city official as payback for denying him medical protection.
Gregory Burker, 62, a justice of the Watson City Court docket in Lewis County for greater than 20 years, stepped down from the bench on New Yr’s Eve whereas underneath investigation by the state Fee on Judicial Conduct.
In response to a press launch from the fee, Burker agreed by no means to hunt or settle for judicial workplace sooner or later.
Watson City Court docket Justice Gregory Burker, from Central New York, has resigned after pleading responsible to ‘keyeing’ a city official’s automotive (inventory picture)
Burker was apparently indignant that the city has denied his request to offer medical insurance to him, so he took it out his rage on an unnamed city official’s automobile by vandalizing it in October 2020.
The veteran small-town decide was swiftly caught and pleaded responsible to misdemeanor felony mischief within the fourth diploma on October 29.
On the identical day, the committee launched the investigation into Burker’s conduct, which wrapped up solely after he agreed to go away his put up.
Burker, who had been on the bench since 1999, submitted his resignation on December 31
‘Partaking in vandalism is inimical to the function of a decide and undermines public confidence within the integrity of the courts,’ said Fee Administrator Robert Tembeckjian. ‘It will be untenable to retain on the bench a decide who violates the very felony legal guidelines he’s sworn to manage upon others.’
Burker, who will not be an lawyer, had been a decide of the Watson City Court docket since 1999. His present time period would have expired on December 31, 2023.