New York state's Court of Appeals last week accepted 10 amicus curiae briefs filed by legal, judicial and civic groups, all pleading with the court to spare the job of Niagara Falls City Court Judge Robert M. Restaino. Restaino is appealing to the court a November recommendation by the Commission on Judicial Conduct that he be removed from the bench for ordering 46 defendants in his courtroom into custody one day in 2005 because no one would take responsibility for a ringing cell phone.
Amicus Briefs Pile Up in Bid to Sway N.Y. High Court on Judge's Removal Over Cell Phone Incident
New York Law Journal
February 20, 2008