New York's Commission on Judicial Conduct on Friday called for the removal of Albany Supreme Court Justice Thomas Spargo, finding he shook down lawyers for contributions to his defense fund after being accused of other misconduct. Though Spargo's attorney called the evidence "woefully weak," he said there would be no appeal, meaning Spargo's judicial career is over. The commission found Spargo also gave the impression of vote-buying by handing out convenience store coupons while campaigning for the bench.
Commission Calls for N.Y. Judge's Removal
New York Law Journal
April 3, 2006