City Judge Is Reprimanded for Doubling as Prosecutor in CaseMichael Booth, New Jersey Law Journal
January 27, 2014, 02:01 PM
The New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday reprimanded a former municipal court judge for denying two men public defenders in a criminal trial while at the same time stepping into the role of prosecutor.
In disciplining former Linden Judge Louis DiLeo, the unanimous court adopted a new standard for imposing punishment on judges when their conduct on the bench runs awry: where a "reasonably prudent and competent judge" would consider the conduct "obviously and seriously wrong in all circumstances."
DiLeo denied requests by two defendants to be represented by public defenders in a theft case and also conducted the case without prosecutor present. Instead, he took on the prosecutor's role, examining the arresting officer, cross-examining the defendants and using the testimony he elicited to find the defendants not credible.
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